Security Briefing Two

This is the stuff we got from the VSO Bangladesh Country Director, on Sunday when people thought things were going to deteriorate. And then the next one is from the British High Commission. Nice that they’re thinking of us. Pity they didn’t invite us over for tea and scones. Should have registered with Poland as well, I bet the Poles were all taken in for cabbage. They know how to behave in a crisis.

“Dear all,

With a view to making you aware of the latest political situation that there was a huge violence throughout the country yesterday (28th October) centering Justice KM Hasan’s assuming the office of the Chief Adviser to next Caretaker Govt. The violence spread everywhere and there were even incidents of firing and bomb blasts. Four people were injured and a good number of people were seriously injured among of them some were passers-by or curious people. It is a good news for all that Justice Hasan himself refused to be the chief of adviser of the govt. through a letter to the president. But the issue has not yet been resolved and the President has called a meeting with all the Secretary Generals of all the parties who have representation in the parliament at 2 pm today to reach a solution. It is expected that a good result will come out form this meeting. But again if it fails, the situation will deteriorate seriously. It is to note that the situation is not worse for only of the foreigners, rather it is common for the entire citizen here as well.

Hence, you are strongly instructed to be in low profile and be vigilant. You are instructed to stay at home and do not go to your office or outside until you have a call or message from me tomorrow. Please keep yourself update about the general security situation with discussion with your 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. “

Dear Wardens, Community, Businesses and Schools,
Since 27 October 2006, there has been widespread civil unrest across Bangladesh particularly in Dhaka City which resulted in up to 14 deaths and some 2000 injured. This was in response to the dissolution of Parliament and proposed handover of power to an interim administration for the period leading upto the forthcoming National Elections.

Violence took place all over Dhaka city especially in the following areas: Muktangon, Paltan Maidan and area, Bangabandhu Avenue, Baitul Mukarram North gate, Shahbagh, Bijoynagar, Dhanmondi, Mirpur, Dhaka University, Green Road, Moghbazar, Sayedabad, Jatrabari, Tongi and Gabtoli, Gulistan….

Further violent demonstrations are expected in Dhaka and other cities. The situation is extremely volatile and British Nationals are advised to restrict their movements until the current violence abates. Please also exercise extreme caution and vigilance when travelling outside the Gulshan & Baridhara areas of Dhaka and elsewhere in Bangladesh as demonstrations are often held at short notice and can be expected to become violent.

We also advise that you monitor the local press / media and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

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