Students hold protest in solidarity with road safety demands in Bangladesh
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Protesters made this point repeatedly, chanting "We are students for the students" throughout the protest.
I was at the #WeWantJustice protest organised by @livelikewass and university bangladesh societies outside the bangladesh high commission today. the message was clear - this was a protest by students, for students, not a protest with a party political agenda. pic.twitter.com/sx8GX9xCrG— bobby (@touchmybobby) August 8, 2018
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Protesters also condemned the Bangladeshi government's censorship of the protests, as well as the arrest of prominent activist and photojournalist Shahidul Alam. Shahidul had been arrested for "provocative" Facebook comments shortly after giving an interview to Al-Jazeera on the protests.
syed, a representative from @unitetheunion's london and eastern young members committee, delivered a statement on their behalf expressing solidarity with the student protesters in bangladesh. #WeWantJustice pic.twitter.com/vwGywLHbfL— bobby (@touchmybobby) August 8, 2018
Speaking about Bangladesh's censorship, Promi said: "My uncle is a satirist/cartoonist/illustrator who had to flee the country or face jail (or worse). Several Hindu gay rights bloggers have been murdered in their own homes." "The current government's censorship is less violent but still a major breach of freedom of speech. "I think it is horrendous and it is yet another human right they are violating. It is a sign of fear of social change, it is a fear response to a paradigm shift, and that it shows whatever the students are doing is working. The blocking of the hashtag is a visible silencing of youth." The protest remained peaceful throughout, and protesters were careful not to block traffic, instead standing on the edge of the road and in the middle of a traffic divider with their placards.
protesters also demanded that bangladesh free shahidul alam. shahidul alam is a renowned photographer and activist in bangladesh, who was arrested for "provocative" comments on facebook shortly after giving an interview to al-jazeera on the protests. #WeWantJustice pic.twitter.com/l0pculvGJ0— bobby (@touchmybobby) August 8, 2018
Eventually, the protesters dispersed of their own accord. Images and videos courtesy of Robert Liow
protesters were conscientious about not blocking traffic. they gathered near the edge of the pavement, facing the bangladesh high commission, to demand justice. #WeWantJustice pic.twitter.com/EnUgIJIR9Y— bobby (@touchmybobby) August 8, 2018