Clashes erupt between police and activists as Bangladesh remains in the grip of a nation-wide strike. Schools and businesses were closed in Dhaka and other major cities today during an eight-hour general strike. Nationwide transportation was also largely disrupted. The strikes were called by an 18-party opposition alliance led by former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia. Jainal Abedin Farooq, chief whip of Khaleda's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), said that the latest strike was called in protest over the arrest of the party's acting secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Some activists hurled home-made bombs and peltedstones at police guarding state buildings and main avenues in the capital, Dhaka. In Narayanganj opposition activists also blocked highways and attacked vehicles on the road.