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Portion of demonstrators to continue quota reform movement

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9 April, 2018 21:43 PM



Portion of demonstrators to continue quota reform movement

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Rejecting the government’s assurance to examine the existing quota system within next one month, a portion of the demonstrators has announced that they will continue the anti-quota movement.

The move came minutes after Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader held a meeting with the protestors deciding the government would deliver its decision on quota reform after necessary review by May 7.

The government would deliver its decision on quota reform after necessary review by May 7, said Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader.

The Road Transport and Bridges minister made the comments after holding a meeting with the quota reform demonstrators this afternoon.

He said: "The authorities concerned will let the protesters know their decision on this issue on May 7 after making a necessary review."

As per the assurance of the government, the demonstrators called off their ongoing movement, said the minister. "They will wait until the government decision comes after one month."

“We reject the decision and will continue the demonstration until our demands are met,” the protestors announced blocking some roads adjacent to the University of Dhaka.

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader also confirmed that the demonstrators who attacked the Dhaka University vice chancellor’s residence will be brought under the harsh punishment soon.

The minister also said: “The attackers will be identified through the video footages and will be brought under harsh punishment soon.”

Pointing to the yesterday’s clashes and detention he also said: “Those who are detained but innocent during the Sunday’s clashes, will be released soon from the Police Station.”

Dhaka University vice chancellor’s residence was ransacked and torched last night amid the ongoing movement.

Protesters took part in the attack and stormed the residence after breaking the building’s main entrance around 2am on Monday after police and demonstrators clashed on the university campus.

The angry protesters also torched vehicles and several motorbikes parked inside the VC’s residence in the night.

VC Prof Md Aktaruzzaman, however, claimed: “They (the attackers) came to kill me.”

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has held a meeting with the delegation of quota demonstrators at his secretariat office in the capital this afternoon.

A 20-member delegation was invited into Bangladesh Secretariat to meet Quader and other leaders of ruling Awami League.

The government would deliver its decision on quota reform after necessary review by May 7, said Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader.

The Road Transport and Bridges minister made the comment after holding a meeting with the quota reform demonstrators this afternoon.

He said: "The authorities concerned will let the protesters know their decision on this issue on May 7 after making a necessary review."

As per the assurance of the government, the demonstrators called off their ongoing movement, said the minister. "They will wait until the government decision comes after one month."

At least 50 people, including five journalists, were injured as police launched an assault on the anti-quota demonstration held at the Shahbagh intersection in the capital on Sunday evening.

Police fired rubber bullets, used water cannons and lobbed teargas canisters to remove the protesters from Shahbagh intersection around 8pm in the night.

The job seekers and students of various educational institutions in the capital and elsewhere in the country have been demonstrating against the existing quota system in the government recruitment processes for more than a decade.

As part of their ongoing demonstration, a group of protesters blocked the Shahbagh intersection yesterday afternoon.


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