Tens of thousands of opposition supporters in Bangladesh bear gathered in the capital Dhaka for a rally anxious the federal government step down.
Security in the metropolis is tight and heaps americans are staying off the streets.
The Bangladesh Nationalist Birthday celebration, acknowledged as the BNP, has accused the federal government of High Minister Sheikh Hasina of ruining the economy and stifling democracy.
But Bangladesh’s government has denied it is cracking down on freedom of expression.
In an interview with the BBC, the nation’s International Minister Abdul Momen dismissed suggestions his government was stifling free speech, stressing that his nation, fashioned in 1971 after a warfare with Pakistan, was founded “to uphold democracy, human rights, and justice”.
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