2018 Bangladesh road-safety protests
|2018 Bangladesh road-safety protests|
Students blocking a road in
2 August 2018
|Date||29 July 2018 – 8 August 2018|
|Caused by||Two college students killed by negligent driver|
|Goals||Ensurement of safe roads, formulation and implementation of road-safety laws, and punishment of drivers violating traffic laws|
|Methods||Processions, road blockade, sit-ins, Human chains, Checking Driving Licence, Controlling trafic on the road etc.|
|Resulted in||Formulation of a new road safety law by the government, announcement of traffic week, change in driver recruitment and payment schemes|
|Parties to the civil conflict|
A series of public protests in
The protests were peaceful until 4 August, when police attempted to disperse the demonstrators with tear gas and people believed to be members of a pro-government youth league attacked protesters and journalists. The government arrested several protesters and a photographer for giving an interview about the protests to international media. Various international organisations and high-profile figures expressed solidarity with the protesters. The crack-down on the student protesters received high criticism both domestically and internationally.
Bus services in Dhaka are notoriously unregulated and accident-prone. Although many traffic laws and regulations were passed by the parliament, it had not been put into action. Research by the National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways showed that more than 4,200 people were killed and 16,100 others were injured in road accidents in Dhaka in 2017. It is estimated that approximately 2.4 million vehicles are being driven by unqualified drivers in Dhaka in 2018. The deaths of two students had led to these protests.