November 29, 1987 |
President Hussain Mohammed Ershad offered to hold early elections in a speech to the nation Saturday, 24 hours after he declared a state of emergency to quell growing unrest. The government, meanwhile, imposed strict press censorship, banning all reports on the political opposition and on anything deemed critical of the government. Curfews stilled the streets of Dhaka and four other cities. Ershad's offer came in a 25-minute address broadcast over radio and television.