For a peaceful protest
Tribune Editorial

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    Photo- Mahmud Hossain Opu

The right to assemble peacefully in protest is one of the true cornerstones of liberty.

This newspaper, then, strongly denounces the heavy-handed actions of the police on citizens peacefully protesting the Rampal power plant.

If there was any doubt that our law enforcement personnel have gotten out of hand, their actions in Mirpur and Shahbagh on protesters should make it clear that they need to be reined in and brought to book.

The actions of the police speak for themselves: They used water cannons, fired tear gas, and in one instance even ordered a bus to drive straight into a peaceful procession.

Citizens of Bangladesh have every right to assemble in public spaces in peaceful protest to make their voices heard, without fear of physical injury, or worse

 

There can be no defending the police force for this kind of brutality.

To top it off, a number of journalists were assaulted by law enforcement officials trying to cover the event.

These incidents were shameful, disgraceful.

Even more regrettable is that this happens just days after the police made the unjust demand to the prime minister to repeal a law banning torture.

Citizens of Bangladesh have every right to assemble in public spaces in peaceful protest to make their voices heard, without fear of physical injury, or worse.

Protesters deserve to be heard, and the government should be at the service of the very citizens they are hurting on the streets, through uniformed officials.

This is not the first time we have seen police heavy-handedness on protesters.

This latest incident shows just how far this culture of violence has gone, where police think they can hurt people with impunity.

We have no doubt that this is not condoned by the government, and we urge the PM to act decisively to end this culture.

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