A number of celebrities took to the streets to join the cause of the students
Small screen actors and musicians took to the streets on Thursday joining the protest launched by school and college students demanding road safety and justice.
The protests began in Dhaka and spread all over the country after two 12th graders were run over and killed by a passenger bus on the capital's Airport Road on Sunday.
Students of school and colleges have been protesting for five days now, having finally lost their patience with perpetual indiscipline and corruption in the road transport system.
TV actors gathered in Uttara House Building four-way roundabout around 11am on Thursday. Aranna Anowar, Sajjad Sumon, Chayanika Chowdhury, Shokal Ahmed, Bulbul Bishash, Shagor Jahan, Safaet Monsur Rana, Piklu Chowdhury and many more joined the protest there.
Also present on the streets were Saberi Alam, Monira Mithu, Rownak Hasan, Shanarei Debi Shanu, Sabnam Faria, Moushumi Hamid, Nadia, Orsha, Urmila Srabonti Kar, Mishu Sabbir, Tahmina Sultana Mou and Ahsan Alamgir.
Sabnam Faria shared her experience with the Dhaka Tribune: “It was mind blowing! I was stunned to see how’s this little kids doing an amazing job, there was lots of famous people or educated people who tried to protest several times in many aspects, but no one ever did anything in such organised way!! These kids proved they are much more mature than our law enforcement agencies! And their actions ensured us a bright future of Bangladesh! [sic]”
Around 3pm in Shahbagh, singers Sabbir, Pulok Adhikari, Parvez Sazzad, Lutfur Hasan, Konal, Sujon Arif, music director Ahmed Humayun, TV host Farzana Brownia and RJ Tutul gathered for the protest at Projonmo Chattar. Along with often repeated slogans, they sang “Chol Chol Chol.” Some were seen distributing chocolates among the students.
TV actor Bonna Mirza joined the protesting students in Dhanmondi 27, singer Oishee in Gulshan, and CD Choice owner Johirul Islam Sohel in Motijheel.
On Friday, actor Elias Kanchan’s advocacy group “Nirapad Sharak Chai (We want safe roads)” will organize a human chain in front of the National Press Club, where many film actors will reportedly be present.