Bangladesh Oil and Gas

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Clip 1 of a series of interviews in Bangla of Professor Anu Muhammad by Shahidul Alam, relating to the debate surrounding the utilisation of Bangladesh’s oil and gas resources. Professor Muhammad and other activists have been questioning the policy of the Bangladesh Government on its use of oil and gas. On the 2nd September 2009, they came out in protest, and were beaten by the police. Further details at: http://www.shahidulnews.com/?page_id=1317

Clip 2 of a series of interviews in Bangla of Professor Anu Muhammad by Shahidul Alam, relating to the debate surrounding the utilisation of Bangladesh’s oil and gas resources.

Clip 3 of a series of interviews in Bangla of Professor Anu Muhammad by Shahidul Alam, relating to the debate surrounding the utilisation of Bangladesh’s oil and gas resources.

Clip 4 of a series of interviews in Bangla of Professor Anu Muhammad by Shahidul Alam, relating to the debate surrounding the utilisation of Bangladesh’s oil and gas resources.

Clip 5 of a series of interviews in Bangla of Professor Anu Muhammad by Shahidul Alam, relating to the debate surrounding the utilisation of Bangladesh’s oil and gas resources.

Clip 6 of a series of interviews in Bangla of Professor Anu Muhammad by Shahidul Alam, relating to the debate surrounding the utilisation of Bangladesh’s oil and gas resources.

Last clip of a series of interviews in Bangla of Professor Anu Muhammad by Shahidul Alam, taken in his home, relating to the debate surrounding the utilisation of Bangladesh’s oil and gas resources.

Full transcript and translation of interviews: Anu Muhammad Interview 23SeptInterviewed on camera by Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World. Transcribed by Anha Faruque Khan, edited by Mehedi Hassan. Translated into English by Rahnuma Ahmed. Published with consent of Anu Muhammad.

Police attack on Protestors

Police stopped the activists to blockade PetrobanglaPolice clubbed activists of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports after they attempted to blockade the state-owned Petrobangla Headquarter. The activists marched towards the Petrobangla Headquarter with a procession from muktangan which was stopped by the police at Paltan. When activists tried to move forward police charged them with batons. At least 35 people were injured including Dr. Anu Mohammad, member secretary of this committee. Dhaka, Bangladesh. September 02 2009. © Adnan/DrikNews

Police stopped the activists to blockade PetrobanglaPolice presence. © Adnan/DrikNews

Police stopped the activists to blockade Petrobangla

Protesters. © Adnan/DrikNews

Police stopped the activists to blockade PetrobanglaBarricading rally. © Adnan/DrikNews

Police stopped the activists to blockade PetrobanglaThe attack. © Adnan/DrikNews

Police stopped the activists to blockade PetrobanglaThe injured. © Adnan/DrikNews

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Professor Anu Muhammad being beaten up by the police © Prothom Alo

Motia, Imam and Hanif visit Prof Anu Muhammad at hospital

Agriculture minister Motia Chowdhury and acting Awami League general secretary Mahbub-Ul-Alam Hanif on Thursday separately paid visits to injured economics professor Anu Muhammad, member secretary of citizens’ group, the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, at Square Hospital in the city.

HT Imam, one of the prime minister’s advisors, also visited him at Square Hospital in the city. Speaking to reporters after the visit, Chowdhury said Wednesday’s incident was “inadvertent”. She said an investigation was on to unearth what actually happened.

Meanwhile, Hanif said a quarter who belonged the opposition BNP might have hands behind such an incident to damage the government’s image..

Police Assault ‘Unexpected and Sad’

The government has said Wednesday’s police assault on the protesters of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, that left its member secretary professor Anu Muhammed injured, was ‘unexpected and sad’.

The home ministry said in a statement on Thursday said authorities will take legal action against the law-enforcers if any excesses were committed by any member linked to the clash with the demonstrators attempting to besiege Petrobangla headquarters over recent exploration deals with two international companies.

Anu Muhammad at Square hospital being visited by Rahnuma AhmedProfessor Anu Muhammad at Square hospital being visited by anthropologist and writer Rahnuma Ahmed. © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

anus-friends-in-lift-0271Friends and well wishers of Professor Anu Muhammad visit him in hospital. Elevator. Square Hospital 12th Floor. Dhaka. 3rd September 2009. © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Police intercepted a procession headed for the Petrobangla headquarters in Karwan Bazar and charged the demonstrators with baton at Paltan. In response, demonstrators pelted the police with stones leaving several vehicles damaged during the half-hour clash.

Police beat protestors

Over 35 people were injured on 2nd September in Dhaka as police clubbed demonstrators who attempted to besiege Petrobangla headquarters over recent exploration deals with international companies.

Khaleda Zia visiting Anu Muhammad in hospital

Progressive Students’ Front, a combine of left-leaning student organisations, marched down the Dhaka University campus in protest against the police assault.

Anu Muhammad at Square hospital being visited by Khaleda Zia

The demonstrators of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, numbering nearly 500, marched towards the state-owned Petrobangla headquarters at Karwan Bazar with a scheduled procession from Muktangan at midday.

Anu Muhammad at Square hospital being visited by Khaleda Zia

Leader of the opposition, Khaleda Zia came to visit Professor Anu Muhammad at the emergency ward of Square Hospital in Panthapath. Dhaka. Begum Zia spoke of how she had always spoken out in the interest of the people, avoiding the fact that Professor Muhammad and other activists had been similarly brutalised by the police during her term as prime minister.

Video of Anu Muhammad in hospital (Audio in Bangla, translation provided below) © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Translation (English) of the interview :anuvideointerviewengtransl2sep2009

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  3. Khandaker Monwar Hossain says:

    Thank you sir.
     

  4. Kazi Hafizur Rahman, Editor, Weekly Narail Kantho says:

    Its a great job. Thanks a lot for valuable contribution in our country and also world.

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