The National Committee on Protection of Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports called a half-day strike on 14th September 2009 in capital Dhaka to protest the government’s recently announced gas exploration deals with international companies. It was first hartal since 2006, and also the first one after the current government came to power early this year.

I was at Paltan the entire morning, and here’s the coverage of the hartal processions, protests, more.

Hartal Coverage: Snap I (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Procession I (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Procession II (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Procession III (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Procession IV (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Procession V (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Singers Singing (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Nap Time (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Riot Police I (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Riot Police II (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Mujahid Islam Salim (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Nice T-shirt (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Procession VI (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Procession VII (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Speakers Speaking (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Placard (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: A Red Soldier (by Russell John)

Hartal Coverage: Burning Newspapers (by Russell John)