The first is an article detailing the first announcement I have heard from the Khaleda Zia, the leader of the BNP party which is the main opposition party to the current ruling Awami League. Zia’s party has continuously boycotted parliament for four years and over this last year have ordered hartal after hartal. Despite Jamaat being one of their strongest supporters, they’ve been surprisingly quiet in recent days and shown no interest in supporting the Jamaat since the Shahbhag movement began.
With this press release, Zia has changed all this and surely put her foot in it by referring to the recent deaths in skirmishes between violent protesters and the Police as nothing short of genocide. The comparison to the atrocities of 1971 is obvious, ironic – considering her party’s dubious involvement – and frankly absurd. I fail to understand what could have persuaded Zia to state this. I can only believe she wants to alienate herself further from the country.
Anyway, I’ll let you make your own mind up – here is the link:
Regardless of Zia’s possible faux pas, things got nasty today as Jamaat and BNP continue to put pressure on the Government to stop the War crimes trials and release their members who have been arrested and are now being tried. The fact that these people seem to be well-known as rajakars, collaborators guilty of some awful crimes, appears to be irrelevant. It is truly very difficult to remain neutral when you face all this. What do you think after reading this?
The BNP have now called their own hartals meaning that we have continuous national strikes from now until next Thursday. I would be amazed if more don’t follow on after that.
On the plus side, wifey got to Dhaka safely and picked up her two friends from the airport. Now we just have to get them back to LAMB safe and sound tomorrow…
- Bangladesh sentences Islamist leader to death for war crimes (news.yahoo.com)
- Two more die as clashes continue in Bangladesh (thehindu.com)
- Bangladesh violence toll rises to 42 (nzweek.com)
- A Crossroads for the future of Bangladesh (kenthinksaloud.wordpress.com)
- Shahbagh: What Revolution, Whose Revolution? (salem-news.com)
- Forty-four dead in Bangladesh war crimes trial protests (dailymail.co.uk)