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There is a better way to protest

  • Published at 12:00 am January 9th, 2019
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Photo: DHAKA TRIBUNE

More improvements can be made if both parties engage in peaceful discussions

For three days running, RMG workers have blocked Airport Road in protest, demanding a salary hike. 

While we recognize the rights of citizens to engage in peaceful protest, these protests should not come at the cost of inconveniencing the millions of city-dwellers who call Dhaka their home.

Blocking a road as instrumental to the commute of workers as Airport Road causes severe problems, and essentially brings the entire city to a standstill.

The situation has been further exacerbated by the fact that the protests have ceased to be peaceful, as a bus was set on fire while blocking the fire service department from reaching it to ensure the safety of citizens. 

We repeat: The right to protest is crucial to the successful functioning of any democracy but this is not the way to do it, inconveniencing the lives of millions and putting the lives of citizens at risk.

The RMG sector continues to be one of the biggest contributors to the Bangladeshi economy and has seen unprecedented growth and investment over the last five years. This has no doubt come about as a result of the industry itself taking stock of its strengths and weaknesses and working towards improving the services it provides and improving the conditions for its workers.

In the same vein, more improvements can be made if both parties engage in peaceful discussions which seek to find better solutions to the problems which plague the industry, be it increases in pay or otherwise.

At the end of the day, it is only through cooperation and compromise that the sector can expect to flourish in the long run. Such disorganized and violent protests will get us nowhere.