News No. 94/2014,Friday, October 17, 2014
‘Watch out, cantonment ahead. Demonstrations, rallies and processions are restricted beyond this point.’
This is what is written in a signboard put up by the army in front of Guimarma Town Hall on Khagrachari – Chittagong road on 14 October.
About half a kilometer from where the signboard is put up is Guimara bazzar, where public meetings and demonstrations usually take place, and where the PCP has held a number of demonstrations in the recent months.
The purpose of putting up the signboard is, therefore, to restrict the right of the Jumma organizations to freedom of association and assembly.
It is not known under whose authority the army has put up the signboard, but it definitely violates the constitution of Bangladesh which gives its citizens the right to free speech and assembly.