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Bangladesh: Fishermen issue ultimatum to withdraw catch ban within 72 hrs by Anwar Hussain, Chittagong June 12,2019   |  Source: Dhaka Tribune

The fishermen and the fishing boat owners of Chittagong took to the streets on Tuesday demanding the withdrawal of the government-imposed 65-day national ban on coastal fishing in the Bay of Bengal. Several hundred people under banners of Sonali Jantrik Matsyajibi Somobay Samity and Samudrik Matsya Ahoronkari Boat Malik Samity also put up barricades and demonstrated against the national fishing ban in the Shah Amanat Bridge area under the Bakalia police station in the city. Later, they held a brief rally demanding the withdrawal of the 65-day ban imposed on May 20.

Speaking at the protest event, Aminul Islam Babul Sarker, general secretary of Sonali Jantrik Matsyajibi Somobay Samity said that the fishermen were hit hard by the coastal area catch ban. Issuing an ultimatum, he said that the ban has to be withdrawn within 72 hours; otherwise, they would be compelled to launch a tougher movement.Referring to the government's announcement of providing 40kg of rice monthly to the affected families of fishermen during the ban, he said that the fishermen families may not get the rice as they could not live on such an insignificant amount.

Today's protest-demonstration caused inconvenience to commuters as vehicular movement was halted for some time. Earlier on June 9, several

 

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