If necessary, the United States will support democracy in Bangladesh, said US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller on Monday. Matthew Miller made the remark in response to a query about Bangladesh during the State Department’s routine press briefing.
During the briefing, a journalist stated, “We have seen your statement from the weekend concerning the assaults on the opposition’s rally and the violence in Bangladesh. The police essentially orchestrated this violence, and the internet was cut down prior to the rally. Since then, the police have arrested hundreds of opposition politicians, including the BNP’s secretary general and the families of opposition leaders, and lodged a hundred cases against them. How does the United States respond to this situation?”
Matthew Miller replied, “We condemn the political violence that took place in Dhaka on 28 October. The reported killing of a police officer, a political activist, and the burning of a hospital and buses are unacceptable, as is violence against civilians, including journalists. “We encourage the authorities to thoroughly investigate the incidents at the 28 October rally and to hold those responsible for violence accountable. The holding of free and fair elections is the responsibility of everyone – voters, political parties, the government.”