Quota Reform: Protest Timeline
12:00 AM, April 13, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:25 AM, April 13, 2018

Protest Timeline

SUNDAY

2:00pm: 


Protesters bring out a procession from DU central library to press home their five-point demand. They march on TSC-Nilkhet-Kantaban road and then rally at Shahbagh intersection.

2:30pm: 

Protesters block Shahbagh intersection. Dhaka-Aricha, Chittagong-Rangamati, Dhaka-Mymensingh, and Dhaka-Rajshahi highways are also blocked.

7:30pm: 

Demonstrators refuse to clear Shahbagh intersection.

8:00pm: 

Police charge truncheons, fire teargas shells, and rubber bullets. The clash between police and protestors go on for five and a half hours.

MONDAY

1:20am: 


Half the protestors go towards TSC while some stay near the fine arts faculty. Around 700 female students of Kuwait-Moitree Hall break the main gate of the dorm to join the demonstrations.

1:30am: 

Police lob teargas at protestors in Shahbagh area while the VC's house is vandalised by hundreds of people.

1:45am: 

AL lawmaker Jahangir Kabir Nanak at Shahbagh says AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader is to sit with the protesters around 11:00am Monday.

2:30am: 

The VC comes out of the residence while Chhatra League activists gather there. Nanak visits the VC's house. The prime minister telephones the VC.

2:50am: 

Protestor take position at the TSC. Chhatra League men take position in front of the VC's residence.

3:00am: 

Protestors and Chhatra League men chase each other. Chhatra League men fire several shots at protestors.

3:30am: 

Female students get stranded inside the TSC while male protestors take position inside Curzon Hall.

4:00am: 

Police fire teargas at protestors near Curzon Hall.

4:40am: 

Additional law enforcers arrive.

5:00am: 

Chhatra League men from different dorms go towards Doyel Chattar while police continue to fire teargas.

6:00am: 

Stranded female students return to their dorms.

6:10am: 

Protestors chase away Chhatra League men.

7:30am: 

Police fire teargas and rubber bullets inside Shahidullah Hall and disperse the protestors.

10:00am: 

Protestors in a press conference demand immediate release of the detained. Dhaka University Teachers' Association condemns attack on VC's home. 

11:00am: 

The agitators bring out a procession from the central library and march campus streets.

2:00pm: 

The demonstrators try to bring out another procession but police fire teargas at them.

2:30pm: 

Protesters gather at the Raju Memorial Sculpture and barricade access to the TSC area. They chase away Chhatra League men who try to get to TSC area from Shahbagh. 

3:00pm: 

The agitators announce that a 20-member delegation is to sit with government representatives.

4:00pm: 

Led by platform's convener Hasan Al Mamun and Faruk Hasan, the delegation go to the Secretariat. 

7:00pm: 

Obaidul Quader after the meeting says the agitators agreed to suspend their movement until May 7.

8:00pm: 

Convener of the platform postpones the demonstrations.

9:30pm: 

Bipasha Chowdhury, coordinator of a newly formed committee of the agitating students, announces that the strikes are to continue in all universities and colleges.

10:00: 

The spinoff faction of demonstrators leave TSC.

TUESDAY 

10:30am: 


Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad ask all to refrain from agitation.

11:30am: 

The other faction continues demonstration at the Raju Memorial Sculpture.

5:30pm: 

The factions reunite and declare nationwide road blockade and boycott of classes in colleges and universities. They demand apology from Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury. 

6:00pm: 

Protestors start demonstrating in TSC area and burn Matia's effigy. 

WEDNESDAY

12:30am: 


Students allege that three protestors are being tortured in Sufia Kamal Hall by Chhatra League hall unit president Iffat Jahan Isha. 

1:00am: 

The news of torture spread on social media including a rumour that Iffat had cut the tendons of student Morsheda. Students of the dorm storm Iffat's room and beat up the Chhatra League leader.

1:45am: 

DU Proctor AKM Golam Rabbani enters Sufia Kamal Hall amid slogans from protestors that his steps are an eyewash.

2:05am: 

Chhatra League padlock the collapsible gates of different halls so that protestors cannot go outside.

2:25am: 

Chhatra League expels Iffat.

2:35am: 

Morsheda, who was tortured by Iffat, is released from Sarkari Karmachari Hospital and taken to DU Medical centre.

2:46am: 

Morsheda leaves the medical centre but declines to comment.

2:55am: 

Around 1,200 protesters from Bijoy Ekattur Hall break the padlock at the dormitory's main gate and march towards Sufia Kamal Hall. 

3:30am: 

DU suspends Iffat.

4:22am: 

About 5,000 protesters start marching away from Sufia Kamal Hall chanting slogans demanding arrest of Iffat.

10:00am: 

Agitators start their protest for the fourth consecutive day.

10:30am: 

Duta expresses solidarity with the protestors.

12:30pm: 

Chhatra League leaders quoting the prime minister say that there would be no quota in government jobs.

5:00pm: 

The prime minister in parliament speaks of scrapping the quota system and asks students to return to classes.

6:00pm: 

Protestors take time to ponder.

6:30pm: 

Chhatra League brings out a victory procession and congratulates the prime minister.

THURSDAY 

11:00am: 


Protestors call off their demonstrations.

11:30am: 

Protestors bring out a victory procession.

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