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From protest to mayhem: How it all unfolded

  • Published at 06:55 pm April 9th, 2018
  • Last updated at 06:56 pm April 9th, 2018
From protest to mayhem: How it all unfolded

SUNDAY 2:30pm

Thousands of demonstrators blockade the Shahbagh intersection as part of a nationwide demo on Sunday to push the government to meet five demands for reform in the quota system for government jobs. 7:30pm They are forced to move from Shahbagh to TSC as police start lobbing teargas shells. The law enforcers also charge baton and use water cannons on the crowd. 8:30pm Some protesters trying to flee police assault are given chase near Madhur Canteen by a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League activists, led by DU unit General Secretary Motahar Hossain Prince. [caption id="attachment_257864" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Demonstrators demanding reformation to the quota system are seen running around after police start lobbing teargas shells, charge batons and use water cannons to disperse them on Sunday; April 8, 2018 Dhaka Tribune[/caption] 10:15pm Many Chhatra League leaders and activists are seen at Madhur Canteen preparing for a showdown on the campus.

MONDAY 12:30am

DU Proctor AKM Golam Rabbani tells reporters: “Students should go home right now, and we will discuss the matter and find a solution later. We want a peaceful end to this situation.” 1:45am Pushed by police and Chhatra League activists, protesters break into the DU vice-chancellor’s home and vandalize it. They pull out the furniture and set them on fire inside the compound. Chhatra League DU unit President Abid Al Hasan says miscreants from Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, the BNP student wing, are responsible for this. 2:00am Awami League Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanok arrives at Shahbagh and announces that the government will sit down with protesters in the morning. 2:30am Most demonstrators withdraw from the campus after law enforcers push them towards TSC. Some protesters take shelter in Jagannath Hall and Curzon Hall, and the female protesters stay in TSC. [caption id="attachment_257924" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Demonstrators vandalized the home of DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzman in the early hours of Monday, April 9, 2018 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune[/caption] 3:30am Proctor Rabbani goes to TSC to extract the female protesters but they refuse to go with him. DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia reaches TSC. 4:15am Police, taking position at the Doyel Chattar, lobs teargas shells toward Curzon Hall, forcing demonstrators to withdraw to Shahidullah Hall which is immediately behind. 6am Female protesters gradually leave TSC. 6:05am Chhatra League leaders and activists attack protesters at Shahidullah Hall, injuring one. Protesters push back. 6:15am Police come to their aid, lobbing teargas shells on the demonstrators in several bouts till almost 7:30am. [caption id="attachment_257945" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman briefs the media at his office on Monday, April 9, 2018 Focus Bangla[/caption] 10am Dhaka University VC Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman briefes the press at his office. 11am Shadharon Chhatra Odhikar Shongrokkhon Parishad holds a press conference in front of Dhaka University Central Library. 2pm The demonstrators throw brickbats on police near the Anti Terrorism Raju Memorial sculpture. Police respond with some teargas shells but withdraw from the area.   [caption id="attachment_258012" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader chairs a meeting with the quota reform demonstrators at the Secretariat on Monday, April 9, 2018 Courtesy[/caption] 6:30pm After a closed-door meeting with a delegation of demonstrators, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader announces to the press that a solution to the protesters’ concerns will be produced by May 7. Leaders of Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad announce to halt their movement for a month. Many protesters reject the move. 7:30pm Demonstrators reject government assurances of giving a decision after examining the existing quota system, and withdraw the halt on their movement, demanding immediate measures from the authorities. [caption id="attachment_258133" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad Convener Hasan Al Mamun announces resumption of their movement at Dhaka University's TSC intersection on Monday, April 9, 2018 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune[/caption] 9:30pm After daylong protests on DU campus, protesters postpone demonstrations for the night, announcing they would gather at TSC at 11am on Tuesday to carry on their movement. **A total of 161 protestors were injured in the clashes that took place at Dhaka University campus on Sunday. At least 50 protestors were detained. **At least 35 students of Jahangirnagar University have been injured during protest programs on their campus on Monday.
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