Thousands Demonstrate Against Radio and Television
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) _ About 3,000 people demonstrated today outside Bangladesh’s only radio and television stations to protest what they called government propaganda in state media.
The protests were part of an ongoing campaign by the opposition to pressure President Hussain Muhammad Ershad to resign and hold free elections.
One demonstration by 1,500 protesters at the radio center was led by Sheik Hasina, head of the Awami League and one of two chief opposition politicians.
The second opposition leader, Khaleda Zia of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, led about 1,000 people in a demonstration at the television center on the outskirts of Dhaka. About 500 people joined separate protests.
Ershad seized power in a bloodless military coup in 1982. The opposition says three elections since then were rigged to keep him in office.
The opposition campaign began in earnest in November 1987 and flares up periodically. The campaign was renewed in mid-October, when eight people were killed by police during demonstrations.
There are no private radio or television stations in Bangladesh.