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Demands to divest government shares in British American Tobacco

Update : 30 Oct 2016, 06:43 PM

The leaders of the protest urged that the government withdraw from the company and discourage investment in a sector that is harmful to human health.

One spokesperson claimed that the government stake in the company is hindering tobacco regulations.

“Over 57,000 die and 382,000 more lose major organs because of tobacco-derived products every year in Bangladesh,” they said citing the World Health Organisation.

“The government should not have any stake in such a business. And no government employee should be a director in this industry to eliminate conflict of interests.”

The protest was attended by a number of ATA members and activists.

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