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    Govt’s repressive policy an ominous sign for democracy: BNP Frontier
    Frontier on Thursday, January 16, 2014
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    BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said the government’s repressive policy is an ominous sign for democracy. “Our central office has been kept under siege for nearly 47 days. Our leaders and activists are being killed and made disappeared by joint forces in the name of raids across the country while thousands others were imprisoned in false cases. The entire country has virtually turned into a jail,” he said. The BNP leader made the remakes while talking to reporters at his chamber at the party’s Nayapaltan central office. He alleged that the newly formed government, led by Awami League, is not the legal one as it does not have people’s mandate. “They (govt) didn’t come to power through people’s vote as the voter turnout in the January 5 elections was not more than 5 percent.” Criticising the government for what he said its growing repressive acts against the opposition, Fakhrul said, “The way the government repressed the opposition for the last two and a half months is quite unprecedented.” The BNP spokesman hoped that people will restore democracy in the country through a united movement. “We believe the country’s people will not accept the current autocratic and dictatorial regime. They’ll have to go.” Sought his comment about the new cabinet, Fakhrul said the cabinet was formed with only 5 percent people’s mandate. “They’ve formed the government through a stage-managed election. So, we don’t have any reaction to the cabinet formed without people’s mandate.” Fakhrul, who has been hiding since November 2 apparently to avoid arrest in the face of government’s hard line, went to the BNP office for the first time today as the High Court directed police not to arrest him until the submission of police reports in the cases he was made accused. BNP assistant office secretaries Abdul Latif Jony, Shamimur Rahman Shamim, Asadul Karim Shaheen welcomed the BNP acting secretary general as he reached the office around 1:30pm from the High Court. Fakhrul last went to the BNP office on November 1 to attend a gayebana-janaza. However, he hurriedly left the place after the Janza in a motorcycle wearing a helmet to dodge police, drawing huge criticisms from different quarters.
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