Issue gazette by Thursday or face tougher protest: Quota protesters

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Dhaka, May 09: Quota reform protesters and job seekers on Wednesday threatened to wage tougher movement from Sunday if the government does not publish the gazette by Thursday abolishing the quota system as per the prime minister’s decision.Nurul Haque Nur, Joint Convener of Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad came up with the announcement during a human chain programme at Raju Memorial sculpture on Dhaka University campus.

Hundreds of students took part in the pre-announced human chain programme on Dhaka University campus.

Earlier, on April 26, leaders of the quota reform movement threatened to launch fresh programmes in May for the gazette notification.

The May-7 was the deadline set by the quota reform demonstrators for publication of a gazette regarding the quota.

The protesters launched the movement on February 17 and continued it for five-point demands, including reduction of quota in public service recruitment to 10 per cent from the existing 56 per cent.

In the face of mass protests by students across the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced scrapping the quota system in parliament on April 11.