US: No justification for violence

US concerned at ongoing violence

Condemning the ongoing political violence, the United States has said there is no justification for such actions in Bangladesh.

In a statement, US Deputy State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf expressed concern over the ongoing situation.

“We deplore the unconscionable attacks including bus burnings, throwing incendiary devices, and train derailments that have killed and wounded innocent victims,” she said.

She said the US condemn the use of violence for political objectives.

“There is simply no justification for such actions in a democratic Bangladesh,” Harf said.

She said all Bangladeshis must have the right and the ability to express their views peacefully.

“We call on the government to provide the necessary space for peaceful political activity, and for all parties to instruct their members to refrain from violence,” she added.

The BNP-led 20-party alliance has been observing nationwide non-stop blockade of roads and waterways.

The BNP chief, Khaleda Zia, has been living in her office since January 3. She was barred from taking part in a rally on Jan 5 to mark the ‘death of democracy’ in Bangladesh, and declared anti-government movement.

Blockade-related violence has killed more than 50 people since Jan 5.

Hundreds of vehicles, including those belonging to law-enforcers, were burnt and attacked.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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