#BangladeshPolice attacked students in a peaceful protest while they were demanding quota reform. Government uses this discriminating tool fo their personal financial gain against unemployed poor students. #Quotareform pic.twitter.com/92epHzeRxU
— Sharif H. Khan (@khanjr_sharif) April 9, 2018
Scores of students in Bangladesh staged a demonstration on Monday, demanding reformation of the discriminatory quota system in government jobs. Police attacked the protestors and left at least 100 students injured.
Netizens used the hashtag #quotareform to spread the news while a fraction of media outlet decided not to cover this story as one of the journalists was attacked by the protestors.
Students of Bangladesh are bleeding on the road for their rights and #QuotaReform 56% quotas are illogical and oppressive. International media should cover this brutal attack on the students.
— Shibly (@ShiblySikder) April 10, 2018
— The Daily Star (@dailystarnews) April 11, 2018
Fifty-six percent of the government jobs were reserved for families of freedom fighters, minorities, disabled and women.
HPM #SheikhHasina's Speech at #Parliament: No more quotas or reservations for #Bangladesh Govt jobs for any segment of society. For disadvantaged segments like ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities, special provisions would be made. #QuotaReformprotest #QuotaReform
— Awami League (@albd1971) April 11, 2018
The government eventually decided to scrap all sorts of quotas.
Ending quota is as unfair as 56% quota.We want quota reformation not quota eradication as physically challenged and tribe people have right of this quota privileges. PM's new declaration is a puzzle for me.seems like this has thrown a new challenge to the students.#QuotaReform
— TSherefina (@tajkiasherefin) April 11, 2018
Prime Minister Hasina today said there is no need for quota in the public service.
“The quota system will be scrapped as the students don't want it." she said at the parliament
"Is she mad? We are protesting for #QuotaReform not for noquota
A Perfect dictator #QuotaReformProtest pic.twitter.com/gXODjWPE1Q
— Wahid Utsho (@wahidutsho) April 11, 2018
I agree with these two people who opposed it. The protest was about reforming the system not to abolish it. Minorites and women in Bangladesh do not get equal opportunities as men. When it comes to competing for the civil service job, men and the privileged class have always an advantage over women and minorities. Therefore, scrapping all sorts of quota is not a good decision.