Violence has escalated in recent weeks during general strikes known as hartals called to force the ruling Awami League government to step down. During such strikes all transport is banned, and people have been pulled from rickshaws, taxis and cars and harassed. Only essential travel around the country should be undertaken at this time, and during strikes it’s best to stay off the streets. The next hartal is planned for Apr. 23 and will last 72 hours. Further, a group of suicide bombers killed nine and injured more than 20 Apr. 14 at a drama performance during Bangla New Year’s celebrations. Police have yet to determine a motive or who was responsible.