- Posted December 28, 2013 by
Chronology of destroying Democracy in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is facing the ultimate threat on its practice of democracy. Government and law enforcement agencies became so ruthless that it is very difficult to offer an extensive explanation within a limited space about how the democratic culture is coming under severe threat. So, I am highlighting 8 significant incidents that will explain how Bangladesh’s Democracy is in the way of destruction.
Police is shooting on the opposition rallies at sight. Shooting at unarmed protestors from point blank range and beating with sticks became daily routine. To understand how desperate they became, we can recall the 27 November 2013’s Tongi incident where police shooted on the ruling party BAL’s rally and 8-9 were wounded by live bullets#
16 December 2013, In Shatkhira, special joint force of police and border guards went into special operation. Arrested more than 250 people and in addition, they destroyed the opposition leaders homes with bulldozers. #
26 December 2013 main Opposition leader Begum Zia is under house arrest. Police barricaded her home and arresting or deporting others whoever is trying to meet her. Sardar Shakhwat Hossein went to meet her and police arrested him and sent to prison.#
Another leader H.M. Ershad announced that he will not run in the single party election. Later, 13 December 2013 , special law enforcement force went to his home, said he is sick and took him to the hospital by force # . Since then Ershad is in hospital, and later as his spokesman claimed that Ershad has been forcefully detained in the hospital, the spokesman were sent abroad forcefully.
All of these are happening to hold a election where 53% of the people already lost their voting right as 154 out of 300 MPs won the election uncontested #. And, as the opposition party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) calls for mass protest to prevent the election, government is taking more and more extensive measures.
One tailor was arrested at Faridpur in the victory month of December, because he was making country’s National flag. As the opposition political party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) asked peoples to come Dhaka with National flag, now the government is arresting people for carrying flag and banned making flags at Moulavibazar district in 27 December #
In another occasion, police raided a opposition leader’s house in the mid night. While they didn’t found him, they picked up his wife and two sisters and squandered the entire house. When journalists went to the house it looked like a storm passed by there, journalists took photos and videos of destroyed house where Cell phones, Wardrobes, Computer, TV and even toilet’s commodes were broken. #
And to end with, I would like to say at this very moment, Bangladesh is facing with a special strike, enforced by the government itself. Countrywide transportation services has been shutdown. Bus, Trains, Steamers, nothing is running because they don’t want people to come Dhaka to attend 29th December’s March for Democracy rally.#