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BNP-led alliance postpones blockade from tomorrow

Staff Correspondent

The BNP-led alliance on Saturday night said that the countrywide blockade of roads, railway and waterways it started enforcing on January 1 would remain  postponed for an indefinite period from tomorrow morning after its resumption from this morning with a two-day break for the weekends on Friday and Saturday.
The acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a press release issued about 11:00pm on Saturday said that the blockade, which resumes this morning after a two-day break, would be suspended from tomorrow morning  until further notice. An assistant office secretary of the party signed the release.
The alliance is enforcing the blockade demanding the cancellation of the national elections that took place, amid a boycott by the alliance, on January 5.
The release further said that fresh programmes would be announced later and the movement would continue until people’s victory is achieved, the release said.
Earlier about 8:30pm on Saturday, Mirza Fakhrul in a release said that the blockade would remain suspended from Monday morning till Tuesday after its resumption this morning on the occasion of Eid-e-Miladunnabi.
The earlier release said that the blockade would continue from Wednesday morning until further announcement.
Earlier, the BNP chairperson’s adviser Osman Faruk in a video message on January 8 evening said that the blockade for an indefinite period continuing from January 1 would be suspended for Friday and Saturday to resume on Sunday.
The blockade just before the suspension, especially on January 8, had a little impact on Dhaka and outlying areas with vehicles running on long-distance routes to a limited extent.
The alliance earlier enforced blockade for 501 hours till December 24 in five spells beginning on November 26 when the polls schedule was announced. More than 100 people were killed in blockade violence.




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