Teachers of different public universities held a solidarity rally on Dhaka University campus on Thursday demanding immediate release of arrested quota movement leaders and protesting the harassment and assault on students and teachers across the country.
Under the banner of “Teachers against Repression” the teachers organised the rally in front of Aparajeyo Bangla of Dhaka University (DU).
More than 60 teachers from Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University, Jagannath University and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) and around 300 students participated in the rally presided over by Gitiara Nasreen, a professor of DU Mass Communication and Journalism department.
Prof Anu Muhammad of Department of Economics at Jahangirnagar University said, “Quota reform movement is logical and ethically right. It’s a protest against discrimination. But the government is illegally harassing the quota reformists. They are being arrested without any warrant and remanded.”
“Some quota reform leaders were shown arrested for vandalizing the residence of DU Vice- Chancellor. But we believe our students can’t attack the VC’s residence. So we hope the administration will not harass our students,” he added.
Prof MM Akash of Economics Department of Dhaka University said, “Now we are seeing dual administration at DU. One is the university authority and another ‘administration’ is being run by some people who are torturing the general students at all dormitories.”
“We tell the university administration, if you fail to control the torture of ‘alternative administration’, you have no right to hold the power. You must resign,” he added.
Prof CR Abrar and Associate Prof Tanzimuddin Khan of International Relations Department, Assistant Prof Rushad Faridi of DU Economics Department, Prof Fahmidul Haq and Associate Prof Abdur Razzak Khan of Mass Communication and Journalism Department, Assistant Prof Samina Luthfa of Sociology Department among others attended the rally.
After the rally they brought out a silent procession from Aparajeyo Bangla premises which paraded the campus.