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UNT students show support for Bangladesh protesters

UNT students show support for Bangladesh protesters

UNT students show support for Bangladesh protesters
August 05
16:32 2018

Nearly 20 UNT students involved in the Bangladesh Student Association stood in front of UNT’s main sign off North Texas Boulevard Sunday morning in protest for safer roads in Bangladesh and in support of the student protesters in the country.

“As we are very far from our country, we still want to do our best to support them, and we hope they get justice,” student organization president Fahim Ibne Shams said.“We want safer roads so that everyone, every student and everybody in our country is safe.”

Students in Bangladesh have been protesting poor road safety for the last week after a speeding bus ran into and killed two teenagers. More than 100 people were injured Saturday during a protest when a group of pro-government activists attacked the student protesters.

Bangladesh police were also reported using rubber bullets and tear gas against the protesters.

Utdal Kumer Dey, a UNT doctoral student and protester, said Bangladesh needs international news coverage because many members of the Bangladesh press have been silenced regarding the issue. Many members of the Bangladesh news media have reported being beaten or molested while trying to cover the protests.

Bangladesh authorities shut down mobile internet access in different areas of the country in hopes of disorganizing the protesters.

“They are supporting safer roads, but they are attacked by police and government,” doctoral student and protester Md Rasel Al Manun said. “We want the safety, and we want their success of this movement.”

The 20 UNT students protested for an hour. They held signs saying “Stop state violence against school kids” and “We want justice.” Other signs were written in Bengali and featured the Bangladesh flag.

“The students of universities in our country have also come to support [students in Bangladesh],” Kumer said. “It’s becoming huge day by day.”

Featured Image: Courtesy of Bangladesh Student Association 

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