Mushtuq Husain

Bangladesh: Sweatshop Workers Turn Up the Heat


As I write, the streets of Dhaka, the capital city, are filled with protesters fighting the police. The air is thick with the acrid smell of tear gas and the city is paralysed by a general strike.

Bangladesh's "caretaker" government is due to conduct elections on 22 January but now the whole process looks shaky. The main opposition party, the Awami League (AL), has put together an alliance of many other parties, including those of the left, to boycott the election.

The suspicion of those who have joined the boycott is that the election will be manipulated by the Bangladesh National Party (BNP), the ruling centre-right party. The call to resist the one-sided election has the possibility of drawing on an increasingly combative working class.

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