Saturday, 2 March 2013

The Daily Star and police brutality

Look how the Daily Star justifies the murder of a teenager:

Jamaat-Shibir men brought out a brisk procession at Rajarhat in Jaldhaka upazila in the afternoon and vandalised several shops.
Police and BGB personnel opened fire to disperse the unruly activists, leaving Atiqul Islam, 15, son of Anisur Rahman of Khutamara village, dead on the spot.

They don't mention what sort of bullets were used - presumably live rounds, as this seems to have become quite common over the past few days. Is that the appropriate response to "vandalising several shops"? The murder by the police of a 15-year old is deeply disturbing, no matter how one may feel about Jamaat's own contributions to the ongoing violence. But then: the Daily Star would justify everything and anything when it comes to supporting the ICT, war crimes trials and Shahbag.

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