Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will stage demonstration across the country today in protest against ‘police denial’ to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Wednesday.
BNP wanted to hold a public rally at Suhrawardy Uddyan in protest against Saturday’s police raid on party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office.
“I strongly denounce and protest for not giving permission to hold the public rally at Suhrawardy Uddyan,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central office on Wednesday.
The party would hold protest rallies in all metropolitan cities and district headquarters on Thursday as police denied permission to hold the rally, he announced.
The party would also stage the protest rallies at all thanas in Dhaka, the BNP leader said.
“Police denial to hold the BNP’s rally at Suhrawardy Uddyan has again proved that the raid conducted by police at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office was part of a pre-planned blue print which was carried out at the directive of the head of the government,” Rizvi said.
He said the law enforcement agency is being used to ‘foil’ opposition’s meetings and rallies. “Democracy of Bangladesh is dependant on police permission,” he added.