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Is power grab worth all this?



YOUR editorial (‘Failure for opposition but no success for govt either’, December 31) mirrors my thoughts on the government’s draconian measures to foil the opposition’s ‘march for democracy’ on December 29, 2013. All of the slick, sanctimonious spin, on Sunday’s disgraceful events, by assorted ‘ministers’ and the prime minister herself will not have fooled many of their fervent supporters in Dhaka even. The full, frightening force of state repression and wilful violation of public and political rights of ordinary citizens was on blatant display on Sunday. This gratuitous muzzling of dissent and protest was unwarranted and wholly unacceptable.
The government’s cavalier conduct in aborting the opposition’s perfectly legitimate call for a mass protest march, as the utterly scandalous ‘election’ of January 5 looms, is absolutely indefensible. And the opposition leader’s forced, illegal detention at her residence by a police contingent resembling an occupation army, and other crass tactics were a revelation of the incumbents’ own insecurities and hubris.
Hell-bent on staging a private, preposterous election, steamrolling political opposition and public dissent, the prime minister and the ruling Awami League have a lot to answer for the inevitable instability, fear, violence and unrelenting harm to the economy they are arrogantly foisting upon average Bangladeshis, nationwide. Is a power grab worth all this?
Sajjad Husain
Dhanmondi, Dhaka




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