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EU deplores attacks on publishers in BD
Observer Online Desk
Published :Sunday, 1 November, 2015,  Time : 11:50 AM  View Count : 43
European Union Ambassador in Dhaka Pierre Mayaudon has deplored the latest attacks on publishers in Bangladesh, saying it was an attack “against freedom of expression”.

In a statement, he said that the “tragic circumstances calls for the government to further ensure that freedom of expression and belief are respected”.

Faisal Arefin Dipan of 'Jagriti Prokashony’, was hacked to death on Saturday , while publishing house ‘Suddhaswar’ owner Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury Tutul and two others sustained serious cut wounds in the latest attacks on secular free-thinkers Bangladesh.

Dipan and Tutul were both publishers of books written by slain writer-blogger Avijit Roy.

The EU ambassador expressed his condolences to the family of Dipan and his “solidarity” with injured publisher Tutul, writer Ranapidam Basu and blogger Tarek Rahim, who are recuperating in the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.

He also expressed his confidence that “prompt action by law enforcement agencies and unity of the people of Bangladesh will deter the fanatics from committing further crimes”.

Online activists and bloggers have blamed government’s ‘apathy’ and ‘culture of impunity’ for the murders of their comrades and attacks on the publishers.

Four secular bloggers have been killed this year in Bangladesh before Saturday’s attacks on publishers.

Police found similarity in the style of assault, all carried out by machete-wielding fanatics.

That was different from the style of attack on the two foreigners—Italian Cesare Tavella and Japanese Kunio Hoshi—who were shot dead by motor-cycle borne assassins.

Opposition BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a statement from London, where she is under treatment, on Saturday said the government had “completely failed” to provide security to the people.

Secular groups like the Ganajagaran Mancha also blamed the government for failing to prevent the attacks.

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