Bangladesh Curfew: Day 1

August 23, 2007
By

[Rezwan, Germany.]

Bangladesh was virtually cut off from the world during the night. Here are some of the latest as the bloggers are reporting.

Journalist Arafatul Islam:

Internet connections were snapped from 1:30 AM. Limited connections around 9:30 AM. Some say, BTTB servers, state controlled Internet gateways, were down. Some say the link to submarine cable was snapped. Some say ISPs disconnected their subscribers as per government instructions.

Today even rickshaws are not allowed. Journalists, employees, businessmen are not allowed to commute. So almost everyone prefers to stay back home.

Rumor: Curfew will be withdrawn by tomorrow.

Imrul Hasan reports:

Today at around 11:30 PM a student was beaten to death by the Army. Students went out for protest rallies defying curfew. In Farmgate some workers assembled for protest rallies defying curfew. There is no TV coverage on these developments. Internet is very sluggish. I can’t write.

Journalist Faisal informs:

Curfew has been relaxed from 4:00PM to 7:00 PM today.

Brishti Manob reports:

All mobile network started functioning fro 7:00 AM in the morning.

Mirpur-10 to Pallabi looks like a dead zone. In the morning police beat some enthusiastic youths who gathered there. All transports have been blocked in Pallabi from 11:00AM.

Mostofa Monir reports from Dhaka:

Mobile network has been snapped again.

A commenter in Drishtipat:

Just got The message from Grameen phone network will be stop again 4:00-7:00PM again. Current condition of Bangladesh mobile network is whole day average success rate is less than 7%. People are crazy to connect relatives from abroad but can

6 Responses to Bangladesh Curfew: Day 1

  1. Strawberry
    August 23, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    From reliable sources: Forces have dragged out two Dhaka University students from their own home and broke their arms and legs in front of their parents. This brutal beating was conducted by army in front of Aziz market in day light in front of many people this morning.

  2. August 23, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    This is confirmed. CSB and ETV — both TV channels — have been issued “show cause” notices for “violating the Emergency Power Rules by broadcasting disturbing and anti-government news.” Sources also hint that The Daily Star and New Age — leading English dailies — are next. New Age plans to cut down its pages to 8 instead of 24 as curfew is seriously impeding news gathering and productions.

  3. Strawberry
    August 23, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    Daily Star reports:

    DUTA GS Dr Anwar, dean Dr Harun held/Star Online Report

    Dhaka University Teachers Association (DUTA) General Secretary Dr Anwar Hossain and Dr Harun-or-Rashid, dean of Social Science Department have been held from their Fuller Road residence at around 12:20AM, family sources claimed.

  4. EM
    August 23, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    We are being cut off from the world. Are our current events getting the exposure that is needed?

  5. Tanoy
    August 24, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Just 15 minutes back all cell networks were shut down again. Funny stuff.

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