BNP CANNOT EVADE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HARTAL CARNAGE


BNP CANNOT EVADE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HARTAL CARNAGE

bLOCKADE-SM-120131223093324_54b9d5af08955Tribune Editorial

The public pays the price for the inflexibility of political leaders

It has demonstrably been proven that whatever politicians calling blockades and hartals say about only supporting peaceful protests, these calls continually lead to sickening incidents of violence.

Dozens of people have been killed and injured by the anarchy and violence wrought by this month’s blockades and strikes.

The appalling case of a family of two innocent doctors and their two-year-old son being seriously burnt and maimed by pickets hurling petrol bombs onto a public bus in Narayanganj on Sunday, is but one of many distressing tragedies.

Even if such acts are mostly perpetrated by tiny numbers of thugs for hire and unrepresentative militants, it is the general public that pays the price for politicians prolonging the dispute that gives license to these criminals.

It is totally unacceptable for the public to suffer from the inflexibility of political leaders in the stand-off between the government and BNP.

We find the BNP leader’s decision to call a 48-hour hartal this week to be the height of irresponsibility.

Not only does it heighten the chances of violence and deliver nothing to bring forward a peaceful resolution, it also forfeits the moral high ground that Khaleda Zia could have claimed from the government’s highhandedness in denying the BNP space for political protests.

She would have been better off using her clout to publicly call off the blockades and lay claim to a peaceful, and undoubtedly more popular path to putting the government on the spot.

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JANUARY 22, 2014

DHAKATRIBUNE

About Ehsan Abdullah

An aware citizen..
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1 Response to BNP CANNOT EVADE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HARTAL CARNAGE

  1. Enayet Mowla says:

    The Government’s contention that “BNP cannot evade responsibility of Hartal carnage” has to be proved in a court of law and nothing has been done so far to do that. Why not file a law suit for that claiming damages?

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