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Quota reformists to govt: Meet demands by August 31

  • Published at 03:45 pm August 12th, 2018
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File photo of quota reform movement leaders

They say the protest will spread nationwide if the demands are not met by the deadline

Quota reformists have threatened to wage a tougher movement if the government does not meet their three-point demand by August 31.

Bin Yamin Mollah, joint convener of the Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council –a platform of the quota reform movement for government jobs – made the announcement in front of National Museum in Dhaka, on Sunday.

The demands include the immediate release of quota reform activists; punishment of those who attacked teachers and students at different educational institutions; and the reform of the civil service’s quota system—in line with their earlier five-point demand.

Yamin said: “The demonstration will spread across the country if our demands are not met in the timeframe—and the protesters of the quota, as well as road safety, movements are not released unconditionally.” 

He said the government should arrest the attackers without harassing both movements’ protesters.

Yamin urged students to wear black clothes, if the arrested protesters are not freed before Eid-ul-Azha.

This is the fifth time quota reformists have given the government an ultimatum to meet their demands. 

Chhatra League occupied protest place

Meanwhile, activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, Dhaka University (DU) unit occupied the base of Raju Sculpture where the quota protesters planned to hold a rally at 11am. 

Chhatra League occupied the venue before quota reformists reached there.