University teachers, students, writers, journalists and activists joined the rally at the Central Shaheed Minar premises in Dhaka on Friday as protests erupted a day after Mushtaq’s death and echoed off the walls around.
“It fears that it won’t be possible to continue plundering assets with the help of goons while retaining power if citizens continue speaking out."
He also alleged that the judiciary is working in tandem with the government to stifle dissent. Mushtaq was denied bail in court six times after his arrest in the case started nearly 10 months ago.
“Murder accused are getting bail, but someone arrested only for speaking out cannot get bail,” continued Prof Muhammad.
“If the court and the government blur the boundary, the country won’t belong to the people anymore. We must take back this country. The government doesn’t want it and so it wants to create panic among the people,” he said.
Photographer Shahidul Alam urged all to stand for those who are speaking out. People will not forget those who are silent now, he said.
Nurul Haque Nur, former vice-president of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union, said the Act is being used to harass everyone from women to the elderly to those who remain away from politics.
He demanded that the government revoke the Digital Security Act and release those arrested on charges under the law.