Police foil march of left parties
Supporters of the eight parties and Gana Forum and Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti started parading down the streets around 12:30pm from the Central Shaheed Minar towards parliament, but were intercepted at Shahbagh around 12:45pm.
The bar came when parliament was in a process to pass the Constitution (15th Amendment) Bill-2011.
The other parties are Workers Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSaD-Inu), Bangladesher Samyabadi Dal, National Awami Party, Ganatantrik Party, Ganatantrik Majdur Party and Gana Azadi League.
Police charged batons on the agitators when they threw brickbats at the law-enforcers on being obstructed.
Some 500 activists of the organisations took part in the agitation. Following that, the demonstrators sat in front of the National Museum and were holding a rally.
The programme was declared protesting some provisions of the constitution amendment bill which they claim run contrary to the original constitution of 1972.
The programme was declared after a joint meeting of the parties held at the CPB headquarters at Naya Paltan on Wednesday.
CPB general secretary Mujahidul Islam Selim told reporters that nine parties and PCJSS voiced their stiff opposition to the constitution amendment bill, saying there were some provisions that went against the original constitution of 1972.
"The leaders opposed retaining state religion and Bismillah, allowing religion-based politics and non-recognition of the indigenous people," Selim added.
A delegation of the parties later in the day informed speaker Abdul Hamid about the decisions.