Violence continues in Bangladesh capital as students protest
08 August, 2018, 04:13 | Author: Carlos George
A handful of buses were attacked during the protests. In her late 20s, Ahmed has appeared in several Dhaka films.
There have been reports that both the ruling party and opposition have mobilized supporters to infiltrate the protests. Parliament's approval for the proposal to become law is seen as a formality, since Hasina's ruling Awami League has an overwhelming majority. "Now, if a student gets injured, who will take responsibility? We all know that in Bangladesh, you are not safe on the streets".
The UNT students held the protest for an hour.
"As her auto got away, the miscreants turned their attention to my house and hurled bricks at my house", Majumder added. It's more than that.
Ms Hasina's warning came as protesters marched towards the scene of Saturday's clashes chanting: "We want justice!"
The proximate cause of the protests was the death of two young students who were crushed under the wheels of a racing bus near on Airport Road in Dhaka.
Clashes between students and unidentified miscreants take place during a protest over recent traffic accidents that killed a boy and a girl, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 4, 2018.
The protests began after two youths were run over and killed while several others were injured by a bus on July 29.
The protesters stopped trucks, buses and cars, demanding to see the licenses of drivers and check if vehicles were in roadworthy conditions.
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Spontaneous student protests are rare in Bangladesh and the government should handle them carefully ahead of elections due by December, said Mahbubur Rahman, a political science professor at Dhaka's North South University. At the time of writing, mobile internet connections in Dhaka were suspended.
The police detained three persons after dispersing the agitating students using tear gas shells.
With the protest movement nearly entirely driven by young people, its unsurprising that social media has played a key role, in both spreading the initial news about the two killed as well as in organising the demonstrations. At least 14 journalists have been admitted in Dhaka's hospitals as a result of the assaults.
However, hospital reports suggest otherwise.
In solidarity with students in Bangladesh, the Jadavpur University students on Monday staged a protest in front of the Bangladesh High Commission here.
The group also demanded punishment for the attackers, instead of the activists.
"The pro-government students attacked", Hasan, a young protester, said.
Zia's party has formally extended its support to the protesters, but Hasina has also reached out to the demonstrators by pledging to improve road safety. Shahidul Alam, a photographer and social activist, told Al Jazeera that the factors range from "the looting of the banks, the gaggling of the media, the extrajudicial killings, disappearings, bribery and corruption".
This student movement of Bangladesh could make it hard for the ruling party in the coming general elections because on Saturday the incident has given the opposition party an opportunity to question the government. "The government has miscalculated". "That's why I request all guardians and parents to keep their children at home". Whatever they have done is enough... "Our police force has started a week-long drive to bring discipline on the roads".
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