If Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina does not take decisive steps, Bangladesh is likely to relapse into a period of brutality and intolerance.
‘The arrest of three Jamaat leaders on Tuesday was condemned nationwide, hundreds of supporters were detained across the country; Jamaat issued a statement Wednesday saying; 'The government has ill political motive behind the arrest and is trying to conceal its failure through these repressive and vindictive actions.... 'no government can remain in power resorting to oppression and persecution.'
Earlier this week Over 200 people were arrested in the first strike since elections. The unrest comes as frustration has been growing in over frequent power cuts and deteriorating law and order, among other issues. The strike was called to protest against the Awami League government's failure to provide basic services such as power, water and gas and against "arbitrary" arrests and harassment of opposition activists.
Some observers believe that the situation cannot go on like this, so the country would inevitably face another upheaval. But if that were to happen its outcome remains very much uncertain.
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