Shops to defy 72-hour shutdowns
Businessmen across Bangladesh have decided to keep their institutions open during a 72-hour shutdown called by the BNP-led coalition from Sunday.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Shop Owners Association and Bangladesh Shop Owners Association announced the decision through a press release on Saturday.
The press release also urged politicians to shun violence and programmes like blockade and shutdown.
It urged the owners of shops and business institutions across the country to keep their institutions open as usual.
Bangladesh Shop Owners Association Chairman S A Kader said: “We are keeping our shops open during blockade and shutdowns. But confusion has been created over this.
“So we are reminding all about it,” he said.
Earlier in the day, businessmen in Sylhet announced a similar decision.
Along with the blockade that started on Jan 5, the BNP-led coalition called a 72-hour nationwide shutdown from Sunday.
Similar shutdowns demanding snap polls under a neutral caretaker government were enforced in the past two weeks.