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Leaders and activist of the Left Democratic Alliance on Friday continued mass contacts in different parts of the Dhaka city in favour of July 7 half-day hartal protesting at gas price hike.
The LDA, an alliance of seven left-wing political parties, on June 30 called countrywide general strike for July 7 from 6:00am to 2:00pm, protesting against the government decision to increase gas prices with effect from July 1.
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission on the day raised gas price by 32.8 per cent on an average for all consumers ignoring opposition from opposition parties and rights organisations.
Central leaders of the alliance held street rallies, brought out processions and distributed leaflets among people at Gulistan, Motijheel, Sutrapur, Shantinagar, Malibagh, Tejgaon industrial area, Mahakhali, Mirpur, Dhanmondi and Mohammadpur areas to gain support for the general strike.
Moreover, the alliance leaders and activists continued mass contacts in their respective areas across the country, a press release of the alliance said.
The LDA will set off a procession from the National Press Club towards Sadarghat today.
The march will start from the front of the National Press Club at 11:00am and central leaders of the alliance will participate in it.
Different garment workers’ organisations held joint and separate rallies in front of the Press Club in favour of the hartal.
Under the banner of Baikhubdha Shramik Samaj, some garment labour rights bodies held rallies where the leaders extended their supports to the hartal.
Bangladesh Garment Workers’ Trade Union Centre, Textile Garment Shramik Federation, Garment Shramik Samhati, Garments Shramik Oikya Forum and Sweater Garment Shramik Federation took part at the rally.
Garment labour leaders Mantu Ghosh, Mahbubur Rahman Ismail, Joly Talukder, Julhasnine Babu, Amena Akter and AAM Foyez Hossain spoke at the rally.
Garments Shramik Front and GWTUC also held separate rallies on the same venue expressing their support to the hartal.
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