• Tuesday, May 11, 2021
  • Last Update : 12:42 am

Shop owners, employees in Dhaka protest lockdown for second consecutive day

  • Published at 01:14 pm April 5th, 2021
New Market protest lockdown shop owners
Shop owners and employees stage demonstrations in Dhaka's New Market area protesting lockdown for the second consecutive day on Monday, April 5, 2021 Mahmud Hossain Opu

They demand the government allow them to continue their businesses, maintaining health safety rules during the lockdown

Shop owners and employees have taken to the streets for the second consecutive day in Dhaka, protesting the government's decision to shut down all shopping malls and markets during the weeklong lockdown.

Several hundred traders in the New Market and adjacent areas staged demonstrations blocking the road on Monday, the first day of lockdown, the government imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19.

They brought out processions demanding the government allow them to continue their businesses, maintaining health safety rules during the lockdown.

The traders said they incurred huge losses last year when the pandemic broke out.

They feared of incurring losses again for the ongoing lockdown as the Eid season has started.

Additional law enforcers have been deployed in the area to keep the situation under control, SM Kaiyum, officer-in-charge of New Market police station, told an English daily. 

Also Read - New Market shop owners, workers stage demo protesting lockdown, clash with police

In Rajshahi city, shop owners and employees also staged demonstrations demanding to allow them to continue their businesses.

They blocked the Shaheb Bazar road in front of RDA market and chanted different slogans to press home their demand. 

On Sunday, traders blocked traffic movement and vandalized a number of vehicles during their demonstrations, and at one point clashed with police in Dhaka's New Market area.

They demanded the government cancel the lockdown, which goes into effect at 6am on Monday, or at least allow the markets to stay open for four hours every day during the shutdown.

Meanwhile, many office-goers who could not get any public transport to reach their workplaces, also demonstrated blocking the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Dhaka's Rayerbagh area on Monday morning.

The country started a seven-day lockdown on Monday, aiming to contain the second wave of Covid-19.

All modes of public transport (road, river, rail and domestic flights) will remain suspended during the period, among other restrictions.

Our Rajshahi correspondent Dulal Abdullah contributed to this report

Facebook 58
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail