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Bangladesh: general strike called for Thursday May 12

General strike called for May 12

Bangladesh’s biggest Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami on Wednesday called a nationwide general strike on Thursday to protest the execution of its chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, the senior-most Islamist to be executed for war crimes committed during the 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan.

In a statement, Jamaat, which was opposed to Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan, described 73-year-old Nizami’s execution as a “planned murder” and called a nationwide 24-hour strike from 5 am Thursday to 5 am on Friday.

“He (Nizami) was deprived of justice. He is a victim of political vengeance,” acting Jamaat chief Mokbul Ahmed said in the statement urging people to observe the strike.