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Quota reform movement: Demonstrators call for nationwide boycott of classes, exams starting Thursday

  • Published at 01:52 am July 12th, 2018
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Students of Dhaka University’s science faculty demonstrate in front of Mokarram Bhaban demanding a safe campus on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

Students of DU’s science faculty have also demonstrated demanding a safer campus

The student platform spearheading the movement demanding reformation of the quota system in public service has called for boycotting classes and examinations at all colleges and universities across the country from Thursday.

A press release issued Wednesday night, signed by Bangladesh General Students' Rights Protection Council (BGSRPC) Convener, Hasan Al Mamun, , said the boycott will continue until their demands are met.

Their demands include punishment of those who attacked and foiled recent programs of the movement, withdrawal of cases against movement leaders, ending the torture of arrested movement leaders and their immediate release, and a safer Dhaka University (DU) campus.

Earlier in the day, several hundred students of DU’s science faculty demonstrated in front of Mokarram Bhaban demanding a safe campus.

Students of Mokarram Bhaban staged a human chain protesting the attacks on the quota reform movement leaders and activists.

They also demanded punishment of Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists who supposedly attacked the recent programs of quota reformists and left many students injured in DU and several other public universities around the country.

DU’s Mass Communication and Journalism Department teachers Prof Fahmidul Haq and Prof Gitiara Nasreen, International Relations Department Associate Professor, Md Tanzimuddin Khan, Sociology Department Associate Professor, Samina Lutfa, and Economics Department Assistant Professor, Rushad Faridi, among others, were present at the human chain and addressed it.

A number of Chhatra League leaders and activists, under a general student banner,, were also seen standing near Mokarram Bhaban, carrying placards with slogans, urging all “to not pay heed to rumours.”

Meanwhile, left-leaning organization, Pragatishil Chhatra Jote, at a Modhur Canteen press conference on Wednesday, protested the recent decision of DU authorities to restrict entry of outsiders into campus.

They said the move was “illogical” and an “institutionalized conspiracy to curb  the democratic practices of students ,” and demanded withdrawal of the restrictions.

On Monday, university authorities had declared the restrictions citing security reasons.

In another press briefing later at the same place, another group of students, under the banner of Students against Repression, also protested the university decision.

They also demanded the unconditional and immediate release of imprisoned quota reform movement leaders and the punishment of Chhatra League who were involved in the brutal attacks.