Protesters for reform of quota system in public service recruitment on Sunday threatened to launch tougher movement paralysing the country from September if their detained fellows were not released before the Eid-ul-Azha and a gazette notification reforming the quota system was not published by August 31.
Joint convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council, the platform of quota reform protesters, Bin Yamin Mollah issued the fresh and fifth ultimatum from a rally in front of National Museum at Shahbagh in Dhaka.
He also demanded immediate arrest and punishment of attackers on teachers and students on campuses across the country during their protests.
Platform convener Hasan Al Mamun, and some guardians of the detained protesters for quota reform and road safety also addressed the rally
They threatened that the protests would spread across the country if the detained protesters for quota reform and road safety were not released before the Eid-ul-Azha to be observed on August 22.
The protesters were scheduled for holding the rally at Raju Sculptor at the Dhaka University but failed as a group of ruling Awami League-backed student body Bangladesh Chhatra League held a rally there.
Progressive Students Alliance, a platform of left student organisations, also held a rally on the campus demanding release of the detained demonstrators against attacks on road safety protesters.
Students and jobseekers took to the streets on February 17 and continued protests for reducing the quota in government jobs to 10 per cent from the existing 56 per cent.
The protestors faced attacks from police and Chhatra League at places, including Dhaka.
BCL activists swooped on quota reform protesters on June 30, when the protesters were preparing for a prescheduled press conference in front of Dhaka University central library, injuring seven protesters, including Nurul Haq Nur.
Chhatra League activists beat four protesters in front of National Museum at Shahbagh on July 1, when they were trying to hold protests against attack.
The BCL activists clubbed quota reform protestors on July 2 when they gathered on Central Shaheed Minar to form a human chain.
The same day, Chhatra League activists hit a Rajshahi University student with a hammer and stabbed him in front of the RU main gate.
On July 21, Chhatra League activists attacked quota reform leaders after their rally at Raju Memorial Sculpture at Dhaka University.
Chhatra League also beat quota reform protesters at Chittagong University and Jahangirnagar University in April, when the protests intensified.
Police arrested at least seven protesters, including Rashed Khan, Tarikul Islam, Faruk Hassan, Mashiur Rahman, Jasim Uddin and Suhel Islam, since June 30.
Amid countrywide protests of the general students, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on April 11 in parliament said that there would be no quota in government jobs.
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