Safe roads: US embassy condemns attacks on student protesters
The US Embassy in Dhaka today condemned the attacks on the students protesting across the country demanding safe roads and justice for the death of their two peers in a road accident at the capital’s Airport Road.
The US Embassy came up with a statement in this regard published in its official Facebook page this afternoon.
“The peaceful demonstrations of the past week in favor of better vehicle and road safety, led by students and school children across Bangladesh, have united and captured the imagination of the whole country,” the statement read.
“While we do not condone the actions of a few who have engaged in senseless property destruction, including of buses and other vehicles, nothing can justify the brutal attacks and violence over the weekend against the thousands of young people who have been peacefully exercising their democratic rights in supporting a safer Bangladesh” it added.
Students of schools and colleges in Dhaka have been staging demonstrations across the country demanding safe roads and justice for their two peers who were killed in a road accident at Dhaka’s Airport Road on July 29.
The students began their protest programmes on July 29 and are continuing the demonstrations for the eighth day today.
The protests soon spread across the country, also causing uproar in the social media, while transport workers have suspended bus services in all districts fearing vandalism by the demonstrating students.
The students’ protest took a horrifying turn as members of the ruling Awami League’s student wing attacked them at Jhigatola in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi yesterday afternoon injuring hundreds of students.