LEA’s Attack on the Peaceful Protest of Students and Job seekers: ASK Condemns and Expresses Grave Concern

Law Enforcing Agencies Attack on the Peaceful Protest of Students and Job seekers: ASK Severely Condemns and Expresses Grave Concern
Members of law enforcing agencies shot rubber bullets and teargas shells on the students and job seekers to dissipate the demonstrators who have been peacefully protesting for reforming existing quota system in entering government services. Nearly 50 students were seriously injured in this incident. Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) expresses grave concern and severely condemns the carrying out of such attack on the general students and jobseekers.
According to media sources, students and jobseekers from various universities and colleges are carrying out a peaceful movement since last February making a 5-point demand in reforming the quota system in recruitment of government services including a reduction of quota provision from 56 percent to 10 percent. On 08 April 2018, when the protesting students and jobseekers gathered at Shahbag as per their previously declared programme, at around night 8:00 pm, law enforcing agencies shot rubber bullets and teargas shells targeting them to disperse the demonstrators. Many were injured in this sudden attack. A number of injured persons went to Dhaka Medical College, BSMMU and BIRDEM for medical treatment. Moreover, according to witnesses, a number of people have been arrested from the spot. Besides, there are allegations that, Chhatra Leagure leaders and activists have also attacked the protesters during that time.
Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) expresses that rights to protest and peaceful congregation are basic rights of the citizens of this country recognised in the Constitution. State forces’ attack on general students and jobseekers protesting peacefully to secure their rights is despicable especially, in a democracy. ASK expresses profound concern and rebuke on the incident of attack by the law enforcing agencies and arrest of the protesting general students and jobseekers. Side by side, ASK is also urging the State to immediately identify the people who are involved in the attack and take appropriate actions against them.

LEA’s Attack on the Peaceful Protest of Students and Job seekers: ASK Condemns and Expresses Grave Concern