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Quota reform protests withdrawn

  • Published at 07:09 pm July 31st, 2018
Quota reformists organize a protest rally in front of Aparajeyo Bangla at DU campus on Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The quota reformists placed a three-point demand

Quota reform activists have withdrawn their month-long protest program of boycotting classes.

The decision was made on Tuesday and declared by quota reformists’ joint convener, Nurul Haque Nur, at a protest procession at the base of Raju Memorial Sculpture at the Dhaka University campus. 

Nurul also placed a three-point demand: the unconditional release of all detained protesting students; punishment of the attackers of teachers and protesters; and the publishing of a gazette notification according to the movement's previous five-point demand.

The movement was launched in mid-January by students and job seekers across the country who have long been protesting against the system, demanding that quotas be reduced from 56 to 10%

The protests initially took place at public universities and colleges but the demonstrators later came together to wage a bigger movement from the beginning of March.

Later, the movement became violent in the beginning of April, following attacks on protesters reportedly carried out by Bangladesh Chhatra League and police.