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    Posted November 6, 2012 by
    UmmuAbeeha
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    A country where gun shot protestors can’t go to Hospital

     
    In Bangladesh, non-violent political protest of opposition is facing severe treatment from law-enforcers. Ayyub, a University student, severely wounded in his face and many parts of body with splinters from direct gunfire from police did not go to avail proper medical treatment fearing immediate arrest.
    “They’ll surely search every hospital and snatch us like criminal”, Ayyub said in fearful tone. “You can’t even risk expressing your opinion on political issues in this country now days, so we better not to talk this issue over phone”, Ayyub added.

    On November 5, Jamaat e Islami, has bought out a country wide procession to protest prosecution of its top leaders on charge of war crime. Around one hundred thousand activists have joined these processions demanding immediate closure of International Crimes Tribunal (ICT). Top Jamaat leaders including Mawlana Nijami, Delwar Hossain Saidi are now being tried for their ‘alleged’ involvement during the liberation war of the country.

    As per the statement of passers-by, the processions bought out were peaceful initially before police came to stop these processions. Police snatched banner, posters and large banners to stop the protest. “We can’t even protest in this country”, an angry protester shouted. “Is this what you call democracy?” he asked while taking refuge to avoid rubber bullet.

    Police has arrested some 600 people till now and preparing for random raid in couple of days. Thousands of unnamed protesters are sued so as to expedite this random arrest. At least 900 protesters are injured so far while clashing with police. Around 54 police are also injured at different extent so far.

    Meanwhile, the International Crimes Tribunal banned one of the acclaimed and famous lawyers from the defense counsel today from participating in the proceedings further till 22nd November. The attorney was found arguing with law-enforcers in loud voice, while protesting alleged ‘snatching away of a prosecution witness’ by white-dressed police. The defense counsel has shown some images of the incidents to the journalists. The witness was planning to change side and testify for Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, an accussed top opposition ex-parliamentarian.

    The tribunal is prosecuting on the basis of a law that lacks international standards. Many international and national organizations including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have vehemently criticized the law which is allegedly legislated so as to prosecute the opponents of this government. But the government did not listen to anyone and was very much stubborn in its attitude.

    Surprisingly, world media, including Bangladesh, remained silent largely about such political tension. “Such blackout can be attributed to the poor media relations of Jamaat e islami”, Ahmad, a political science student of University of Dhaka who works for a local media house said.
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