Hundreds of Bangladeshi bus owners and drivers protest in Dhaka after their vehicles were burnt during the opposition-called blockade. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT, NO REPORTER NARRATION Hundreds of Bangladeshis marched through Dhaka's streets on Saturday (January 31) to protest against damage caused to their vehicles in recent violence. Violence has worsened steadily since January 5, when protests erupted over last year's election, which was boycotted by the Bangladesh Nationalist Part (BNP). At least 27 people have died from violence in Bangladesh's deepening political crisis since last year's disputed elections. Over 300 demonstrators, many vehicle owners or drivers, protested the damage caused to their vehicles that they say were burnt by opposition party activists over the last few weeks since January 5. Some of the demonstrators dressed up as burn victims. Bangladesh has been in a state of political uncertainty since last January, when Prime Minister Hasina's Awami League came to power for a second consecutive term after a parliamentary election campaign marked by bloodshed. The polls had been boycotted by the BNP and deemed flawed by international observers.