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AL syndicates all-pervasive

Syndicates associated with the Awami League are prevalent everywhere, said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a rally in the capital yesterday, pointing to price hike of commodities.  

"Prices of all essentials are skyrocketing. No one complies with the prices fixed by the government. Syndicates of Awami League are everywhere. Women are struggling to run their families. No one is safe under this government," Fakhrul said while addressing the rally in front of BNP's Nayapaltan central office.

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The event, held by Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal, women's wing of BNP, was part of the party's 15-day programme to realise its one-point demand for the resignation of the ruling AL.

Speaking as the chief guest, Fakhrul said, "The person [Khaleda Zia] who fought for democracy all her life is now under house arrest. She is not being treated well. We hope that the government will accept her family's request to send her abroad for better treatment."

He went on to say, "Khaleda Zia has been detained because it will be difficult for Awami League to stay in power if she is free. If she is free, the country's democracy will be free. If she is free, people's right to vote cannot be taken away.

"Now the people of the entire country have risen against this fascist government ... Our mothers and sisters are not even safe from the oppression of the ruling government. They are being detained in the name of the Cyber Security Act, and they are being beaten to death for writing the truth."

Reiterating their demand for the caretaker government, the BNP leader said, "This government has destroyed everything. It has destroyed democracy and the country. It does not care about the people."

"Let's oust this government through a united movement and establish a people's state."

Afroza Abbas, president of Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal, presided over the meeting.

"The government said it does not comply with the visa restrictions imposed by the US. Why would it comply with this? You [govt] don't care if the people cannot eat and die as you are not elected by the people," she said.

Among others, BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moeen Khan, and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury were present at the event.