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Giving democracy a bad name

  • Published at 06:54 pm October 30th, 2017
Giving democracy a bad name
The attack carried out on Khaleda Zia’s motorcade in Feni is no laughing matter. Such an attack must be condemned fully, and by all fronts. No matter the situation, the government’s job is to protect the citizens of this country, whatever their political affiliation. And Khaleda Zia is no exception. This was an attack the authorities must take seriously -- it needs to be fully investigated so that we can get to the bottom of it and hold the perpetrators responsible. It must be made clear that this sort of behaviour is an unacceptable flouting of the law, and those responsible will be brought to book. What is worse is that the attack took place while the former prime minister was on her way to provide aid to the persecuted Rohingya. It must be understood, unequivocally, that this conduct gives democracy a bad name, and ruins the political climate of our growing nation. The fact that there have been four such attacks in the last two years is troublesome. This only serves to highlight the audacity of those involved in these attacks. In this regard, there can be no impunity. Petty politics and thuggery cannot be allowed to hijack the democratic process, which is essential for any striving middle-income nation to succeed. Surely, the prime minister would never condone attacks like this. The ruling party needs to rein in the undesirable elements within its structure that threatens to give the party a bad name. Attacks like the one on Khaleda Zia’s motorcade represent a toxic side of our political culture -- and this culture needs to change.