Businessmen protest at political violenceStaff Correspondent
Businessmen on Sunday hoisted white flag and formed human chain across the country demanding business friendly environment and protesting the ongoing political violence.
Threatening political leaders of both ruling and opposition parties, the business leaders said that if the parties fail to arrive at a consensus and fail to restore business friendly
environment, they would stage demonstration in front of the offices of the two leaders.
Thousands of business men on Sunday came down on the streets with white flags at about 11am and chanted slogans demanding pace in the country.
‘We have been forced to take to streets to protest the ongoing destructive political programmes as we want peace. We want a political solution of the political crisis which would ensure business friendly environment,’ the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry president Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed said at the demonstration in front of the federation office.
Demanding uninterrupted security for the businessmen, he said that the business community want to see a Bangladersh free from strikes and blockades.
Akram said if the political parties failed to find any solution of the current crisis, the business people would announce black badge programme.
He demanded unconditional release of Abdul Awal Mintoo, the former FBCCI president, who was arrested on November 8.
The FBCCI president demanded not to declare classified loans of any businessmen and called for blocking of term loans without any interest until an end of the political unrest.
Former FBCCI president Salman F Rahman said that if the politicians fail to arrive at a consensus immediately they (politicians) should leave the country to the hands of the people.
Not only business community, but also all the professionals are frustrated over the activities of politicians, he said.
Former FBCCI president Annisul Huq said that those who are responsible to protect the economy today, are destroying economy.
The former FBCCI president AK Azad said it is very unfortunate that the businessmen are bearing the brunt of frequent political violence.
‘Despite white flag programme of businessmen if the political parties fail to restore a peaceful and democratic environment, we will stage demonstration in front of the offices of two main political leaders,’ he threatened.
‘You (Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia) are the key persons to find a solution to the current political deadlock,’ another former FBCCI president Mir Nasir Hossain said. He said that if the two leaders failed to reach a consensus, the nation would not forgive them.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association president Atiqul Islam said, ‘We do not want to see such kind of sick politics which makes our business and industry sick.’
He urged factory owners, workers and common people to be united against confrontational politics which killed people and burnt transport in the name of political programme.
All the chambers and business associations across the country on Sunday held separate rallies with white flags as per the call of the FBCCI.
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