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Originally published Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM

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Latest opposition strike cripples Bangladesh

Schools and businesses are closed in Bangladesh as an opposition alliance enforces another general strike to demand the government find an opposition leader who went missing nearly two weeks ago.

The Associated Press

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DHAKA, Bangladesh —

Schools and businesses are closed in Bangladesh as an opposition alliance enforces another general strike to demand the government find an opposition leader who went missing nearly two weeks ago.

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party is leading the nationwide strike Sunday and Monday, demanding the government find the party's organizing secretary, Elias Ali. The opposition blames the government and security agencies for Ali's disappearance, but authorities deny it. A rights group says at least 22 people, mostly politicians, have disappeared this year in Bangladesh.

Last week, the opposition enforced three days of general strikes calling for Ali to be found.

Police and witnesses say at least eight small homemade bombs exploded in the capital, Dhaka, during Sunday's strike, but no injuries were reported.

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