Statement from the U.S. Department of State on the Ongoing Violence in Bangladesh

Press Statement

Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 5, 2015
The United States is gravely concerned by the ongoing unrest and violence in Bangladesh. We deplore the unconscionable attacks including bus burnings, throwing incendiary devices, and train derailments that have killed and wounded innocent victims. We condemn in the strongest terms the use of violence for political objectives. There is simply no justification for such actions in a democratic Bangladesh. All Bangladeshis must have the right and the ability to express their views peacefully. We call on the government to provide the necessary space for peaceful political activity, and for all parties to instruct their members to refrain from violence.