Businesspersons from all over Bangladesh came out on the streets to protest against the ongoing violent blockade by the BNP-led alliance, report news agencies.
Raising flags, they sang the national anthem on Sunday.
Apex business body FBCCI organised the 15-minute symbolic demonstration across Bangladesh.
BNP’s agitation has cost the economy billions of Taka in losses and the finance minister feared Bangladesh would miss its growth target due to the adverse impact of strikes and blockade.
In Dhaka, businesspersons locked hands and gathered in front of the FBCCI building.
FBCCI President Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed said, “So far the country has witnessed a loss of at least Tk 750 billion. More losses have been incurred but they cannot be specified.”
Ahmed raised several demands including a ban on blockade and shutdown.
The FBCCI had earlier said it was considering moving the court to outlaw violent political agitations.
Kazi Akram said, “The political turmoil comes at a time when the country was moving forward…
“The political parties should shun their violent agitation for the sake of the country and the economy.”
Meanwhile, Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industry staged a symbolic demo against violent blockade in front of Chamber House in the port city. Among others CCCI leaders including it’s president Manbubul Alam, VP Sayed Jamal Ahmed, directors and leaders of different business organizations participated.
The leaders called on government to take immediate steps to end violence as they also urge political parties to unite for the sake of country’s economy.