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Bangladesh Transport Blockades Hinder Export Movement

Turmoil between Bangladesh’s two major political parties, the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) and the Awami League has led to a transportation blockade that is impeding imports and exports in the country.

According to Banglaapparel.com, the BNP has enforced an indefinite countrywide blockade of highways, railways and waterways, reportedly in protest against “being prevented by authorities from holding political programs.”

The blockade has been in place since Monday, and has caused the plying of imports and exports between the capital, Dhaka, and the port city of Chittagong to be suspended.

Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the national elections in Bangladesh, which the ruling Awami League government won but the BNP boycotted citing that they would have been rigged.

Four people were killed Monday in violence that erupted following political protests around the country, and BNP leader Khaleda Zia has called on members of her party to halt road, rail and river transportation for an indefinite period.

Now the government is providing security escorts for moving goods on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in order to ensure goods get moved. Trailer convoys will move twice a day from each city beginning Tuesday, and the plan will remain in place until things return to normalcy, Banglaapparel reported.