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Bangladesh Strike Over August 15 Public Holiday

Source: Associated Press (Dhaka)
Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2005
Updated: Monday, August 6, 2007

Bangladesh's main opposition party called a six-hour general strike demanding a public holiday on Monday, August 15, to mark the death anniversary of the country's independence leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was killed in a 1975 military coup.

The Awami League commemorated August 15 as a "national mourning day" and a public holiday when Rahman's daughter, Sheikh Hasina, was prime minister from 1996-2001 (1996-07-01).

But a new government led by Hasina's rival, Khaleda Zia, canceled the holiday in late 2001 (2001-12-24).

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