Celebrities have expressed solidarity with student protests demanding safe roads.
A number of celebrities took to the streets on Wednesday and Thursday in Uttara and Shahbagh to show their support for protesting students.
Students of different schools and colleges across Bangladesh took to the streets to protest deaths of two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College, Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, who were killed when a bus ploughed through them in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road on Sunday. At least nine others were injured.
Students have been demanding road safety and protesting mismanagement on roads. Actors, directors, singers and artists took to the streets expressing solidarity with the student protests.
On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, teleplay maker Chayanika Chowdhury, Aranya Anwar, Sazzad Sumon, Sokal Ahmed, Sagor Jahan, artistes like Lutfar Rahman George, Saberi Alam, Zakia Bari Mamo, Tausif, Orsha, Nowshin, Rawnak Hasan, Shabnam Faria, Mousumi Hamid, Nadia, Urmila Srabanti Kar, Mishu Sabbir, Monira Mithu, Shahidul Alam Sachchu and others joined students in Uttara.
‘We are expressing solidarity with students demanding road safety. We all have to face different hazards on roads every day. It is high time to raise our voices demanding safe roads’, said Shahidul Alam Sachchu, president of Abhinay Shilpi Shangha.
Actress Shabnam Faria said, ‘We all want safe roads. We all want the situation to improve’.
Besides, singers like Konal, Sabbir, Tutul, Sujon Arif, Parvez and others joined students at Shahbagh intersection. Nirapad Sarak Chai, an organisation which has been campaigning for road safety for 25 years, organised a human chain on Friday morning in front of national press club.
‘We have been campaigning for road safety for the last 25 years. I am happy that our sons and daughters have taken to the streets demanding safe roads. I am sure things will get better if we all campaign together’, said renowned actor Ilias Kanchan, founding chairman of Nirapad Sarak Chai.
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation also demanded justice for Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib.
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote organised a human chain on Thursday afternoon in front of Bangladesh National Museum. ‘We demand capital punishment of those responsible for Sunday’s road accident and we demand safe roads’, said Ghulam Quddus, president of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote.
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