US condemns political violence, death of activists & policemen; reminds visa policy

  • October 28, 2023

On Saturday, the United States condemned the political violence surrounding the Dhaka rally of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and implored all parties to remain calm. Saturday evening, the US embassy in Dhaka issued the call in a statement posted to its verified page on X, formerly Twitter.

The statement was uploaded following the clashes at Naya paltan between BNP activists and members of law enforcement agencies and the ruling Awami League, in which a police officer and a BNP activist were killed and dozens of political activists were injured. ‘The United States condemns the political violence that took place in Dhaka on October 28. The reported killing of a police officer, a political activist, and the burning of a hospital are unacceptable. AS is against civilians, including journalists,’ read US embassy the statement.

‘We call for calm and restraint on all sides. We will be reviewing all violent incidents for possible visa restrictions,’ the statement said.