The situation in Bangladesh is very troubling right now. International media outlets such as the Washington Post has already published an overview of the troubles there, but the situation has since deteriorated further. With reports of an Internet slowdown, a move that hampers livestreaming and evidencing of the brutal attacks, and the government’s warning to the media, that has made many local outlets back away from covering the events, Dhaka city has now turned to a war zone. Journalists and photographers had already been attacked yesterday, and many journalists were attacked again on Sunday, August 5. A co-editor of Muktiforum and two reporters were harassed yesterday, while many others still fear to be attacked today. Students say that many of their fellow protesters are still missing.
These children are very young, with most of them still being in high school (grades 8–12). Many of the protesters under attack are not adults and they not only have a right to security and protection as a basic human right under the United Nation’s UDHR but also have special international safeguards that pertain to children. The international community should do whatever it can to protect these kids and uphold their rights.
A global response and an updated coverage is a dire necessity. Muktiforum has live covered the whole incident as much as possible until the shutdown, but the coverage has been limited since. Here is coverage of evidence that we got our hands on until then:
These attacks started right after the students clearly demanded the resignation of Shajahan Khan, the Minister of Shipping and executive president of the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers’ Federation. The ruling party enthusiasts before tried to manipulate their demands to exclude this demand of resignation on social media, but then they made sure that their two conditions for returning home were heard. Their second condition was that the drivers of the bus that mauled the two schoolkids be promptly punished.
Even after the kids have been brutally injured over the Saturday, hundreds of kids, if not more, are still out on the streets. We have so far received this photo of a road blockade in Uttara. Many others have promised photos to Muktiforum, but most are facing difficulties due to the internet outage. Keep an eye on Muktiforum’s facebook page for the most recent photographic evidence.
More updates for Sunday’s attacks
Note: This report is personally written by Anupam D. Roy, the editor of Muktiforum, a platform for Bangladesh’s anti-Authoritarian thinkers (now turned to a citizen journalism platform due to the time’s calling). Contact him for more details at [email protected] All legal responsibilities of the facts presented in this video remains with Mr. Anupam, a current student of Howard University (@02780183) and an incoming JD candidate at Harvard Law School. Any court cases should be filed against him solely. He should be personally sued if any of the information provided is false. Nobody else from Muktiforum or any other outlet bears any responsibility.
Featured Image from: Dhaka Tribune