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Protesters in UK, US demand Shahidul Alam’s release

  • Published at 07:21 pm September 8th, 2018
Shahidul Alam
File photo of Shahidul Alam Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

He has been in prison for over a month now

Demonstrators in the US and the UK have demanded the immediate release of photojournalist Shahidul Alam, who was detained by plainclothesmen on August 5 from his Dhaka home.

Family and friends of the internationally renowned photographer and activist held a rally in Washington on Friday protesting against the imprisonment of Shahidul. The rally was part of global protest week #FreeShahidul.

On the same day, a protest was held outside the Bangladesh High Commission in London, a media statement said.

In the UK, renowned television presenter Konnie Huq said she was “really appalled at the treatment of Shahidul Alam.”

Protesters at the US rally called for the immediate release of Shahidul and dropping all charges against him, according to a separate press release.

A number of Nobel laureates and international figures, including Desmond Tutu, Amartya Sen, Noam Chomsky, Sharon Stone, Arundhati Roy, Sir Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Sir Richard Branson –had earlier called for his release, the statement said.

Several British MPs, including Tulip Siddiq, have come out in support of the photographer. 

The British government has confirmed that it had raised its concerns over the imprisonment of Shahidul with Bangladesh’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shariar Alam.

During Friday’s protest, Konnie Huq said there was no justification in Shahidul’s imprisonment and hoped the internationally renowned photographer would be freed.

“I really hope he gets freed. I just want justice,” she said.