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Dhaka Burns

Well I’m finally stumped for words. A party affiliated president, now
has the triple roles of president, head of the military and head of
the ‘neutral’ caretaker government. While rumours of a military
takeover abound, and the prime minister’s son threatens that they will
not go to the streets ’empty handed’, the news that the leader of the
opposition has not threatened immediate protests, but has rather opted
to see how the new head of the caretaker government conducts himself,
is a healthy sign. Too many lives have already been lost.
A lot of changes need to take place to erase the mistrust created. A
genuinely non partisan group of advisers need to be selected, the
election commission and the voters list, both clearly not neutral,
need to be changed, and he has to clearly demonstrate that he is no
longer a puppet. Unlikely based on his track record, but one can hope.
Given the current mood, another sham election will surely light the
Shahidul Alam
29th October. Dhaka
Clashes between opposition and Jamaat due to demand for neutral head of caretaker government. (upload incomplete)
Above photographs taken on 28th October 2006 by Shahidul Alam.
And today 29th October 2006, a party affiliated president, makes himself president, head of military and head of ‘neutral’ caretaker government. Today’s photographs taken by Shehab Uddin. No unauthorised copying of any kind. To publish these or high res images, contact More pictures and text to follow.

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  1. […] Violence erupted in many places across the country as the oppositions protest continued. The protesters had stabs and oars in their hand as prescribed by their party leaders and were put in use as their rage went on when they were attacked by police or the ruling coalition supporters. Bangladesh was in turmoil as 18 persons reported killed and more than 2,000 injured in total. Shahidul News has some first hand pictures of the clashes. […]

  2. I hope things will get back to some form of normalcy as soon as possible. The people’s voice must prevail to ensure a just democratic system is established with a sizeable opposition to provide a check and balance…. without any more spill of blood.

  3. Asheq Akhtar Asheq Akhtar

    I forwaded your report to a relative in Dhaka – he had this to say:
    We have passed some horrific days in Dhaka for the last few days. Just after Eid Dhaka was virtually cut up from from all areas of Bangladesh as opposition “Awami League” called for Hartal on the Last day of the ruling “BNP”. On that day Dhaka was like a battle ground and small riots were taking place everywhere between the two major political parties. In that Night whole city was turned into ghost city as nobody came out from their homes due to fear. Next two days remained same. Now situation improved but any time things may turn out different. So far we are all right but things may rapidly deteriorate as election days are approaching.

  4. Such a sad turn of events. Your photos and story are about all that reaches us here, as the Western media has no interest in it apparently. Now if they had oil, it might be different. Keep up the excellent work.
    Ya Haqq!

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