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EU: Probe attacks on protesters, journos

  • Published at 12:04 pm August 7th, 2018
Students clash with unidentified men, who many claimed were activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, in Jigatola, Dhaka on August 4, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The EU also said the school-children's protests highlighted fears over road safety and the enforcement of laws and regulations on the roads in Bangladesh

The European Union (EU) has expressed concern over the recent violent clashes in Dhaka which erupted after the deaths of two students in a road crash on July 29.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, EU Heads of Mission said: “The violent scenes in Dhaka in recent days, particularly where school children and young people have been caught in protests or violent clashes with other groups, are a source of real concern.

Also Read- Over 100 injured in Chhatra League-student clash in Jigatola

“We expect all sides to remain calm and to respect the right to peaceful protest.”

The statement said: “Incidents of unlawful or disproportionate violence or action against protesters, journalists or others need to stop; those that happened must be investigated and perpetrators held to account.”

Also Read- 14, including journalists, admitted in Dhaka hospitals after Chhatra League attack

The EU also said the school-children's protests highlighted fears over road safety and the enforcement of laws and regulations on the roads in Bangladesh. 

“The government's recognition of the need for action is a welcome step and we therefore expect further government action to address this without delay,” the nine envoys based in Dhaka. 

Also Read- Daylong clash between university students, police at Bashundhara

The signatories are British High Commissioner Alison Blake, Danish Ambassador Mikael Hemniti Winther, Spain Ambassador D Álvaro de Salas Giménez de Azcárate, Chargé of d'Affaires Embassy of France Jean-Pierre Poncet,  Chargé d'Affaires Embassy of Italy Giuseppe Semenza,  Chargé d'Affaires Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Michael Schultheiss, Chargé d'Affaires of Embassy of Sweden Anders Öhrström, Chargé d'Affaires of Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Jeroen Steeghs, Chargé d'Affaires of Delegation of the European Union Konstantinos Vardakis.

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