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Quota reform protesters: ‘Do not dare to assault students again’

  • Published at 03:53 pm July 4th, 2018
  • Last updated at 09:10 am July 5th, 2018
Quota reform protesters gathered at the Aparajeyo Bangla sculpture Fahim Reza Shovon

Following the ongoing attacks on student protestors and job seekers by members of Bangladesh Chhatra League, concerned guardians and the civil society took to the streets demanding punishment of the attackers

Teachers at Dhaka University (DU) have asked authorities not to raise a hand against students seeking quota reformation in order to ensure their teachers and guardians do not take to the streets. 

Protesting a police assault on DU’s mass communication and journalism (MCJ) department teacher Dr Fahmidul Haq, teachers and students of the department held a human chain around noon on Wednesday where speakers asked the government not to let the situation worsen. 

“The students are our children, so do not dare strike them. The government should not let the situation deteriorate if they do not want to see guardians and teachers of students on the streets again,” said Prof Dr Gitiara Nasreen.

Students brought out a protest rally which paraded different streets of the campus and ended in front of Aparajeo Bangla.

Meanwhile, a press conference was organized by Progressive Students' Alliance, a forum of all leftist student organizations, at DU’s Madhur Canteen, condemning the Chhatra League attack on quota reform activists. They also demanded exemplary punishment of the attackers.

Following the ongoing attacks on student protesters and job seekers by members of Bangladesh Chhatra League, a student wing of the ruling Awami League, concerned guardians and the civil society took to the streets demanding punishment of the attackers and press home the students’ demands on Tuesday.

However, the demonstration was foiled by police, and two activists – eminent columnist Prof Rahnuma Ahmed and former student leader Baki Billah— were detained. 

In the process, DU teacher Dr Fahmidul was assaulted and threatened with arrest while trying to prevent policemen from detaining the activists.

Hundreds of current and former students, including teachers of the MCJ department, attended the human chain at the Aparajeyo Bangla sculpture, despite bad weather on Wednesday. 

Masud Al Mahadi, a former student of the MCJ department at the program, said: “There are thousands of teachers across the country, but only a few are present at this protest. Those who do not stand in solidarity with students are nothing but brokers of authority masquerading as teachers.” 

Development studies department Professor Kazi Maruful Islam, international relations department Associate Professor Md Tanzimuddin Khan, sociology department Associate Professor Samina Lutfa, and economics department Assistant Professor Rushad Faridi were present at the demonstration, among others.