Thousands of protesters, mostly students of Chittagong and other private universities, blocked off the No 2 gate intersection near the Sholoshahar Railway Station in Chattogram on Wednesday, as part of a movement demanding reform of the existing quota system for government jobs.
The demonstration, participated in by more than 6,000 protesters, has caused a huge gridlock on the CDA Avenue, a crucial road of the port city. A large presence of law enforcers have also been witnessed in the area.
The demonstration continued as of the filing of this report.
According to sources of Chittagong University, regular academic activity in the campus has been disrupted, and the students have shut down the shuttle train service since 7am.
The protesters started gathering near the Sholoshahar Railway Station around 11am, and blocked off the intersection around 11:30am. The demonstrators were also heard shouting slogans and seen carrying banners and placards.
Chief Coordinator of Bangladesh Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Songrokkhon Parishad, Mohammad Raju told the correspondent: “The students have answered our call for movement, and have boycotted classes to take to the streets.
“The movement will continue until our demands are met.”