DU teachers, students to wear black badges
Wednesday, 09 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Teachers and students of Dhaka University have decided to go for fresh demonstrations demanding release of fellows as classes resume after winter vacation.

Teachers will wear black badges and stage a silent demonstration today demanding immediate release of their colleagues and students detained in connection with protests that followed alleged assault on students by soldiers at the university playground on August 21.

Professor MM Akash of economics department announced the demonstration programmes on Monday in line with the sentiments expressed at the inconclusive emergency general meeting of the Dhaka University Teachers’ Association on December 30.

Though the association’s acting president expressed her inability to continue agitation programmes to press for release of the colleagues, majority of the teachers present at the meeting criticised the government for breaching the assurance of freeing the teachers, he said in a statement.

Most of them suggested wearing of black badges on the resumption of classes on January 8 and a token work abstention on January 9, the economics professor pointed out.

‘The programmes have been announced as per the spirit of the emergency general meeting,’ Akash said.

‘I urge all, irrespective of ideologies, to attend the programmes honouring the opinion of the majority at the meeting,’ he added.

Meanwhile, a group of students under the banner of ‘Students Against Repression,’ decided to wear black badges demanding release of teachers and students, and withdrawal of cases filed in connection with August 20-22 incidents.

Chhatra Sangram Parishad, a combine of student bodies backed by Awami League-led 14 party alliance, demanded immediate release of the detainees.

Bangladesh Chhatra Mukti in a separate statement made the same demands. Classes at the university resume after Eid, Christmas and winter vacations.

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