Bangladesh Student Protest- As it happened

Tens Cheap Phentermine From Canada of thousands of students in Bangladesh, most of them wearing school uniforms, have taken to the streets of Bangladesh demanding for improvement to road safety. Image Source:The Washington Post.

It all started with an accident where a speeding bus killed two students in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since then the fellow students across schools and colleges have begun to flow out in the streets of the capital, Dhaka, to demand justice. An insensitive comment then by Shajahan Khan, a government minister who also holds the post of executive president of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers’ Federation, had given fuel to the protests as he laughed his way out of the seriousness of the issue when asked about the same.

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His face beaming with laughter, Khan had remarked, ‘In Maharashtra of India 33 people were killed in a bus accident. Do the people over there talk like people do here?’ He had further added that almost 16 people are killed every hour in India and thus pleaded the students not to make a fuss out of it. As the protests grew with each passing day the students, losing faith in the administration and police, took it in their hands to control the traffic system in Dhaka. They were stopping all vehicles- including those that belong to government officials- and asked for the papers and the license of the drivers.

The students protesting never resorted to any violent mean. They were stopping and checking the vehicles in a very systematical manner and whosoever was not able to produce legitimate papers were handed over to the traffic guards and police.

Also, the students made sure that no vehicle owners face unnecessary harrasment and also ambulances were given safe passage to the hospitals. If someone met with any accident during the protest it was the students who were ensuring them safety and treatment.

The students, however, were immovable and kept their protest alive with their demands for improvement in road safety. Even though the government by now was asking the students to return to their schools and colleges and stop the unrest to bring Dhaka into normalcy.

Sunday, 5th August, 2018, has marked the 8th day of the ongoing protest. But the protest on the 7th day, saw a major escalation when it turned into a violent unrest.

Police had started to fire rubber bullets, tear gas and used batons to control the protesters in a way to injure more than 25 students in Jigatala neighbourhood, Dhaka. However, unoffcial figures suggest that more than 115 people were injured. Thousands of young students faced the violence of police where as low as 12-13 year olds were also injured.

The protesters though claimed that it was not only the police but the cadres of ruling Awami League Party were also among the attackers who beat up students. The party officials, though, have denied any such claims. But images and photos of the attacks on students allegedly by the ruling party activists have flooded the social media, prompting renewed outrage.

There are some reports and also images in social media that suggest 2 students have been killed and more than 10 girls have been raped by the Bangladesh Chhatra League, student wing of Awami League, cadres. But no official statement has been made to verify the claims.

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In what has been the most shocking turnover of this ongoing unrest in Bangladesh, journalists who were there to cover the happenings were also attacked and beaten. Reportedly 4 Daily Star journalists, one AFP photojournalist and some freelancers were among the ones who were assaulted by a mob of Bangladesh Chhatra League.

Also on Saturday night, armed men attacked a convoy of cars carrying the US envoy to Bangladesh in the capital Dhaka on Saturday night, US officials said. Ambasaddor Maria Bernicat was able to get away unharmed, though, two cars were damaged.

The Bangladesh authorities now have shut down mobile internet services in various places of the country as they make an attempt to quell the violence that has erupted from the massive student protest. Country’s leading newspapers have reported that 4g and 3g services have been put into a halt for 24 hours on Saturday shortly after the violence broke out. However, wireless and wired networks have not been shut.

But even without internet the students have made internet their biggest weapon in this protest as social media has been updated with every minute details for the outside world to know what is happening in Bangladesh.


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