Security Briefing Three

And this is the third briefing from the VSO Country Director, which we got today. Things are calming down a little bit, whilst the opposition Awami League observes what the President does.

“Dear all,

With a view to making you aware of the latest political situation and necessary precaution of your movement I would like to inform you that as all the 5th options for deciding upon the Chief Adviser to next Caretaker Government have failed, according to the Constituent, the President Iajuddin Ahmed has resumed the office of the Chief Adviser in addition to his presidential responsibilities.  The 14 party-alliance has not welcomed him; but at the same time they have not rejected the idea of participating in the next General Election in January 2007. They would like to observe the activities and attitudes of the president and then will decide if they will contest the next polls or not. To ensure the fulfillment of their other demands for fair election, they have decided to continue their on going movement including road blockage, port blockage, Dhaka-seize Programme etc.

Prior to the handing over of power to the President last night, terrific violence occurred throughout the country including gunfire and bomb blasts. Eleven people were killed and more than five hundred people were seriously injured. Most violence took place in Muktangan, Paltan, Bangabondhu Avenue, surrounding Baitul Mokarram mosque, Shahabag, Bijoynagar, Dhanmondi, Mirpur, Dhaka University area, Green Road, Mogbazar, Sayedabad, Jatrabari, Tangi, Gabtali and Gulisthan.  However, it is hoped that the situation will develop gradually. 

In these circumstances, I think that you can join your office with prior discussion with your employer as situation may vary place to place and they know the best of the latest situation of their respective locality
You are strongly advised to be extra vigilant and keep low profile while visiting outside the home for office and any other purpose.  Please avoid all types of political demonstrations and large gatherings as well. Please also remain updated about the general security situation with discussion with your employer, friends and colleagues as well and also be in touch with the newspapers and news from radio and television.

If you come across any issue to address, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. Situation is being closely monitored and time-to-time you will be updated of the latest. 

Thanks for your cooperation as ever. ” 

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