“Simply no justification for such actions in a democratic Bangladesh”: US
6 February 2015, Nirapad News: In a statement the State Department says the US is “gravely concerned” at the ongoing unrest and violence in Bangladesh.
Deputy of State Department Marie Harf said: “We deplore the unconscionable attacks including bus burnings, throwing incendiary devices, and train derailments that have killed and wounded innocent victims”. “We condemn in the strongest terms the use of violence for political objectives. “There is simply no justification for such actions in a democratic Bangladesh,” she said.
She said “Bangladeshis must have the right and the ability to express their views peacefully”.
The US called on the government “to provide the necessary space for peaceful political activity, and for all parties to instruct their members to refrain from violence”.
The ongoing BNP-sponsored blockade spewing a wave of deadly violence throughout Bangladesh began on Jan 5, marking the first anniversary of the 10th parliamentary poll.
More than 50 people have been killed in arson attacks on vehicles.