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February 17, 1988
Bangladesh authorities arrested three leading opposition politicians in what appeared to be a new crackdown on anti-government forces before the March 3 parliamentary election. The election is being boycotted by a coalition of 21 opposition parties who charge that a fair vote is impossible under President Hussain Mohammed Ershad. Opposition sources said those arrested were Sajeda Chowdhury, secretary of the Awami League, and retired Cols.
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March 26, 1989 | From Associated Press
The government said it released 619 prisoners from jails across the country on Saturday, the eve of the anniversary of Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan in 1971. Many of those released were detained under the 1974 Special Powers Act, which allows the government to detain political activists for a year without trial.
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March 26, 1989 | From Associated Press
The government said it released 619 prisoners from jails across the country on Saturday, the eve of the anniversary of Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan in 1971. Many of those released were detained under the 1974 Special Powers Act, which allows the government to detain political activists for a year without trial.
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April 18, 1988
Bangladesh President Hussain Mohammed Ershad freed 272 political prisoners but accused his opponents of inviting foreign powers, including the United States, to interfere in the country's internal matters.
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December 9, 1987 | From Reuters
Authorities Tuesday freed a Bangladeshi journalist working for the British Broadcasting Corp. and the Christian Science Monitor after detaining him for two weeks, the journalist said. Ataus Samad, 50, was arrested Nov. 23, three days after President Hussain Mohammed Ershad accused British media of distorted coverage of strikes that paralyzed Bangladesh.
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December 9, 1987 | From Reuters
Authorities Tuesday freed a Bangladeshi journalist working for the British Broadcasting Corp. and the Christian Science Monitor after detaining him for two weeks, the journalist said. Ataus Samad, 50, was arrested Nov. 23, three days after President Hussain Mohammed Ershad accused British media of distorted coverage of strikes that paralyzed Bangladesh.
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