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UPDATED: 16:43, January 12, 2007
Bangladeshi people praise declaration of emergency
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People of different sections in Bangladesh on Friday praised declaration of emergency, which they said will at least bring peace and remove people's frustration and fear as fighting and bloodshed will stop.

Kamaluddin, a construction contractor giving his reaction to Xinhua said, "At least the fear and frustration will go now. We are workers. We want to sleep with peace but not live in a worried situation."

He said the politicians of Bangladesh were engaged in quarrel and killing people. "Due to blockade and general strike, we cannot work. If we cannot earn money, how we will survive. So it is emergency or anything else no harm to us. We are happy as emergency will stop political wrangling and bloodshed," Kamal said.

M Ahsanullah, an employee of a private company, told Xinhua, "I am not politician. If I can go to office safely and come back home, I will feel lucky. We want nothing, but peace. If emergency can give us security, we welcome it."

He said during political agitation, "I have to go to my workplace. When I go out, it is not sure I will be back home safely." He said during blockades he had to spend much money for office going as there is no buses in the streets.

"I am a petty official and my income is limited. Moreover, following blockade, prices of essential items go up, causing immense suffering to people," he said.

"We I heard there will be no blockade and general strike following declaration of emergency, I welcomed it," he added.

Mohammad Himel, a university student, when asked to give his reaction on declaration of emergency, said, "I am very glad that all political fighting between student groups on campuses will stop."

President Iajuddin Ahmed Thursday night declared state of emergency in the wake of announcement by the grand alliance led by former main opposition Awami League to stage a series of blockades and hartals starting from Jan. 14, asking the caretaker government to cancel the general elections supposed to be held on January 22.

The President House spokesperson Friday morning announced to delay the elections.

Source: Xinhua

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