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Bangladesh lawyers begin strike to end military rule

Nearly 15,000 lawyers began a week-long strike Wednesday to press demands for judicial freedom and an end to the military rule of President Hussain Mohammad Ershad.

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The usually crowded district court in Dacca was swarming with people appealing for extra time with their cases because they were unable to find lawyers to help them, a court official said.

In the Supreme Court at Dacca, most judges adjourned hearings after lawyers did not turn up, according to another official.

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