quote:Bengaalse studenten: 'Hoe meer ze slaan, hoe meer we terugvechten'
"We stoppen niet tot aan onze eisen is voldaan. We willen zekerheid van de regering", vertelt Alam (30). Hij is een van de duizenden studenten die de Bengaalse stad Dhaka, waar meer dan 10 miljoen mensen wonen, lamleggen met protesten.
Vorige week verongelukten daar twee studenten. Ze werden aangereden door een bus. De chauffeur zou hebben geracet tegen een andere chauffeur. Symbolisch voor de verkeerssituatie in de stad, vinden de studenten. Jaarlijks komen 12.000 mensen om in het chaotische verkeer in Bangladesh.
"Je riskeert je leven op weg naar de universiteit", zegt Ali (niet zijn echte naam). Ook hij protesteert. "We willen veiligheid op straat. Veel buschauffeurs hebben geen rijbewijs, omdat ze ambtenaren omkopen, maar toch rijden ze met hoge snelheid over de drukke straten." In Bangladesh kunnen veel mensen zich geen auto veroorloven, daarom is de bus een populair vervoersmiddel.
"Maar de bussen waarin wordt gereden, zijn onveilig. Bovendien moeten er betere verkeersregels komen: chauffeurs moeten allemaal een rijbewijs hebben en bussen moeten beter worden gecontroleerd." De duizenden die de straten opgaan, controleren nu zelf of chauffeurs de benodigde papieren hebben.
De protesten duren al bijna een week en worden door de regering met harde hand neergeslagen. Agenten grepen dit weekend in met wapenstokken en traangas, studenten gooiden met stenen. Er zijn ook berichten dat aanhangers van de regering demonstranten aanvallen met ijzeren staven.
Ali wil niet met zijn echte naam in dit artikel worden genoemd. "Ik ben bang dat ik word gearresteerd als ik over de situatie praat met de media."
Alam raakte zondag gewond toen hij protesteerde. "Mensen werden geslagen met ijzeren stokken en er werd geschoten met rubberen kogels. Ik heb nu een wond op mijn been en kreeg traangas in mijn ogen, maar dat houdt mij niet tegen. Al denk ik niet dat de regering iets aan deze situatie gaat doen. Die maakt zich alleen maar druk om hun macht, niet om hun mensen."
Kashfia van 21: "Ik weet niet of ik iets van een regering moet verwachten die zo optreedt tegen jonge mensen die alleen veilig verkeer eisen." In het begin van de studentenprotesten hield ze zich op de achtergrond. "Maar toen ik zag hoe de regering tegen jonge mensen optrad, was voor mij de maat vol."
Toen we haar spraken, zat Kashfia opgesloten in haar universiteit, naar eigen zeggen op de vlucht voor traangas. "Maar later vandaag zullen we opnieuw protesteren. Ook al wil de regering dat niet. Genoeg is genoeg. Ze moeten ons serieus nemen."
Kashfia voelt zich gesterkt door haar leeftijdsgenoten: "Ik ben trots op ons als studenten. We blijven volhouden in deze moeilijk en ook gevaarlijke situatie. Hoe meer ze ons zullen slaan, hoe meer we terugvechten."
quote:Bangladesh protests: How a traffic accident stopped a city of 18 million
For more than a week, Bangladesh has been gripped by mass protests triggered by the death of two children in a traffic accident.
The demonstrators, overwhelmingly young people, are demanding that the government take action to improve road safety.
The movement has developed into a major standoff, and there have been scenes of violence in the streets of the capital, Dhaka, home to 18 million people.
Here is how the story unfolded.
What sparked the first protest?
On 29 July, two schoolchildren in Dhaka - a boy and a girl - were run over and killed by a speeding bus. The driver is thought to have lost control of the vehicle while racing another bus to pick up passengers.
The accident might have passed as an everyday occurrence in a city with notoriously dangerous traffic and in a country where more than 4,000 pedestrians were killed in road accidents last year.
But instead, it first triggered widespread anger on social media and then led to a wave of student protests.
Tens of thousands of schoolchildren took to the streets of Dhaka, blocking roads and intersections, leading to deadlock in the city.
The protesters stopped trucks, buses and cars, demanding to see the licenses of drivers and check if vehicles were in roadworthy conditions.
"All we want is corruption to be gone and driving licences to stop being handed out like candy," one 17-year-old told the BBC.
How did things turn violent?
The protests, rare for Bangladesh, continued for days with thousands of pupils and students essentially bringing the capital to a standstill. Bus services in the city and on routes to elsewhere in the country were cancelled.
Since Saturday, police have reportedly used tear gas and rubber bullets, injuring scores of the teenagers - although the authorities initially denied this.
There also have been clashes between the protesters and pro-government groups, reportedly members of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), a student organisation linked to the ruling Awami League party.
On Monday, violence continued as police clashed with university students on campuses and in residential areas. A doctor at a local hospital told newspaper The Daily Star that at least 40 people, mostly students, were being treated.
The BCL have also been blamed for attacks on journalists - including the destruction of phones and cameras - which the Daily Star, in an editorial, called a "reprehensible violation" of press freedom.
A number of journalists have reported being beaten while covering the protests, including a photojournalist for the Associated Press.
A female reporter said she was threatened and physically assaulted by a mob of alleged BCL men, even after agreeing to delete footage she had recorded of them.
"They kept saying that if they found I didn't delete it, 'you're done... no-one can save you'," the woman told the BBC, wishing to remain anonymous. "There's now fear that those speaking to international media are being targeted."
Prominent activist and renowned photographer Shahidul Alam was charged on Monday with spreading propaganda and false information on social media after commenting on the protests on Facebook.
His detention came hours after he had strongly criticised the government's handling of the demonstrations in a television interview with Al Jazeera.
Rights group Amnesty International called for his immediate release and a stop to the government's "violent crackdown" on "overwhelmingly peaceful student protesters".
Amid the violence, armed men attacked a convoy of cars carrying the US ambassador on Saturday night.
How have the students organised themselves?
With the protest movement almost entirely driven by young people, its unsurprising that social media has played a key role, in both spreading the initial news about the two killed as well as in organising the demonstrations.
Users are widely expressing their shock and disbelief at the heavy-handed response but insist they will continue taking to the streets.
Activists have also taken to social media in droves to call on local and international media organisations to cover the story.
What's been the response?
The government has promised to consider road safety reforms to address the students' concerns and on Monday the cabinet approved a new Road Transport Act that has been in the pipeline for some time.
It is also reportedly considering the death penalty for deliberate road deaths in a bid to appease protesters.
But officials have made it clear they want the protests - which have embarrassed the government of Sheikh Hasina - to end immediately. The government blocked 3G and 4G internet services for a period on Saturday evening - disrupting protesters' efforts to organise and share their actions.
Ms Hasina on Sunday urged the students to go home.
Her Awami League party has also defended the actions of party activists accused of violence. "Will we kiss them if they advance towards Awami League office?" general secretary Obaidul Quader said.
The United Nations said it was concerned for the safety of the young people caught up in the protests.
"We are deeply concerned about the reports of violence and call on all for calm," the UN resident coordinator Bangladesh Mia Seppo said.
The US embassy in Bangladesh has also criticised the police response to the protests in a strongly-worded statement.
quote:Bangladeshi photographer held as crackdown intensifies
Shahidul Alam, 63, arrested over ‘provocative’ al-Jazeera interview
Police escort photographer Shahidul Alam outside the Chief metropolitan magistrate court, Dhaka. Photograph: Monirul Alam/EPA
Police in Bangladesh have arrested a prize-winning photographer for “provocative comments” made in an al-Jazeera interview about protests that have convulsed the country for more than a week.
More than 100 people were injured at the weekend during a demonstration over road safety as police fired teargas and rubber bullets and crowds of people attacked protesters, photographers and the US ambassador’s car.
At least 20 plainclothes officers picked up Shahidul Alam, 63, at his home in the capital, Dhaka, at about 10pm on Sunday, hours after his comments were broadcast by the Qatar-based TV station, his colleague Abir Abdullah told Agence France-Presse.
One Monday, Moshiur Rahman, a police official, said: “He has been brought to our office early this morning. We are interrogating him for giving false information to different media and for provocative comments.
“He could not give proper answers. He admitted that these were his personal opinions.” The official added that police would take legal action against the photographer.
Alam is the founder and managing director of the Drik gallery and the creator of the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Dhaka, which has trained hundreds of photographers.
His photographs have been published in almost every major western media outlet, including the New York Times, Time magazine and National Geographic in a career that has spanned more than four decades.
In recent days, Alam photographed the demonstrations by tens of thousands of teenagers in Dhaka and beyond, and discussed the protests on Facebook Live.
His partner, Rahnuma Ahmed, told a press conference in Dhaka she was near their apartment on Sunday night when the photographer was taken.
“I was not in the flat but I heard a scream and I ran down to find out [what had happened],” she said. “We heard from the security guards and our landlord that [Alam] had been forced into a car. There have been about 30-35 men in plain dress. They had forcefully taken away the CCTV camera footage, they put Scotch Tape on the CCTV camera.”
Alam’s colleagues and friends have been holding a vigil outside the police station where the photographer is thought to be detained.
ASM Rezaur Rahman, the managing director of Drik, said officers had initially refused to give them any information about Alam, but on Monday afternoon asked lawyers to visit the headquarters of the detective branch for an update.
“We were [at the station] since last night until this morning and they didn’t give us any information,” Rahman said. “We have demanded his unconditional release and, in the meantime, we’ve received a call from the detective branch and they asked us to go to their office. So our lawyers have just left.”
Activists said they feared Alam could be charged under section 57 of Bangladesh’s Information Communications Technology Act, a broad law against electronic communication that “tends to deprave or corrupt” or prejudices the image of the state.
Scores of journalists and citizens have been arrested without warrant, prosecuted and jailed under the law, which human rights groups say is draconian and the government admits has been misused.
The student protests, now in their ninth day, began after a speeding bus killed two teenagers on 29 July, with demonstrators calling for government to address Bangladesh’s chaotic roads.
On Saturday, the Dhaka protests turned violent when more than 100 people were hurt as police fired rubber bullets at demonstrators, according to students and doctors who treated the injured.
More violence raged on Sunday as police fired teargas into a large crowd marching toward an office of the ruling Awami League party.
Dozens of protesters were attacked by people alleged to be party activists, some armed with machetes, leaving scores injured including half a dozen photographers.
A car carrying the US ambassador, Marcia Bernicat, was also attacked by “armed men” but she escaped unscathed, the embassy said.
The authorities have shut down mobile internet services across large parts of the country and Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister, urged students to go home on Sunday, but to no avail.
Amnesty International called for Alam to be “immediately and unconditionally released”.
Omar Waraich, the group’s deputy south Asia director, said: “His arrest marks a dangerous escalation of a crackdown by the government that has seen the police and vigilantes unleash violence against student protestors.
“The Bangladeshi government must end the crackdown on the student protestors and people speaking out against it. The students have a right to peaceful assembly and physical security.”
The UN said it was “deeply concerned about the reports of violence” and that worries about road safety were legitimate.
Police have also detained an actor for spreading rumours after she allegedly said in a Facebook post that two protesters were killed and another had their eye gouged out.
https://en.wikipedia.org/(...)ath_rate?wprov=sfla1quote:Op maandag 6 augustus 2018 23:35 schreef Eenskijken het volgende:
altijd dat soort kutlanden. ook grappig dat je mensen soms hoort praten dat het verkeer in thailand, india, vietnam 'wel druk/chaotisch is, maar best veilig, want het gaat niet zo hard'.
tot je opeens even de lijstjes met verkeersdoden erbij haalt, nee, zo veilig is het niet
waarschijnlijk omdat de meeste mensen op het platteland wonen en het verkeer daar minder druk is? Zou mij niet verbazen als de meeste dodenmis de steden vallen.quote:Op maandag 6 augustus 2018 23:46 schreef Basp1 het volgende:
Dan staat Bangladesh nog best goed ze presteren beter als het wereldgemiddelde.
Monaco 0quote:Op maandag 6 augustus 2018 23:46 schreef Basp1 het volgende:
Dan staat Bangladesh nog best goed ze presteren beter als het wereldgemiddelde.
Een derdewereldland als Bangladesh is denk ik wat meer platteland als Nederland.quote:
quote:De regering van Bangladesh overweegt de doodstraf in te voeren voor het veroorzaken van een dodelijk verkeersongeval. Het was maandag een eerste concessie aan een protestbeweging van jongeren die al negen dagen lang de hoofdstad Dhaka lamlegt, en afgelopen dagen uitmondde in gewelddadige confrontaties met veiligheidstroepen.
Bangladesh en India, shitholesquote:Op dinsdag 7 augustus 2018 09:20 schreef Starmanelon het volgende:
De protesten hebben wel geholpen zo te zien
In Nederland waren begin jaren 70 ook protesten nodig om het autoverkeer in te dammen en een bewuste keuze te maken naar een meer fietsers georiŰnteerde verkeersplanning. Of dacht je dat die Nederlandse fietspaden spontaan zijn ontstaan?quote:
Zo even snel gevonden:quote: