DU students’ alliance announces nationwide strike


On Wednesday, January 24, the Progressive Students’ Alliance, a left-leaning students’ alliance of Dhaka University has called for a strike on January 29 in all the educational institutes across the country. The announcement came protesting ruling party’s student wing Bangladesh Chatra League’s violent attack on the students’ protesting outside the vice-chancellor’s office on Thursday.

Since mid January, a group of Dhaka University student started a protest on campus demanding the cancellation of the recent approval of affiliation of seven colleges with the university. To foil the general students’ protest, on January 15, BCL activists attacked protesting students, beaten them and even sexually harassed some women students. As part of this evolving situation, general students under the banner of ‘Students against Repression’ were holding a sit in protest at the vice chancellor’s office when some 1,000 BCL activists attacked them with hockey stick, rod and sharp objects injuring many protesting students. The injured students alleged that the attack took place with complicity of the university administration as no one tried to control the situation as mayhem continued for more than two hours.

The coordinator of the alliance, Imran Habib, informed this to the press while discussing their next protest programmes. In support of the strike, a rally from the base of Raju sculpture will also be held on the morning of January 26, he said. Habib also added that they will be holding nationwide demonstration on January 28.

In the meantime, a group of students under the banner of ‘Students Against Repression’ pressed for a five-point demand including a fair and quick investigation of the BCL attack on the students that left at least 50 people in hospital. Social media has been stormed with videos of ruling party student activists pouncing on students with locally made weapons, women were seen being attacked at the gate of vice-chancellors office on Tuesday, January 23.

In the DU press release, the authority said that some students of the university and some outsiders launched a pre-planned attack on the vice-chancellor, however, the press release did not mention any attack by BCL.



On Thursday, January 25, Sahjalal University of Science and Technology’s Association of Indigenous Students’ has arranged a demonstration at their premises protesting at the rape and sexual harassment of two Marma girls in Rangamati.




On Friday, Janaury 12, professor Dr M Omar Rahman, the vice chancellor of Independent University Bangladesh and the dean of the School of Public Health, IUB is addressing at the MPH students’ orientation programme at IUB.

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