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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 18, 2001


Bangladesh: Bombings

On June 16, a bomb explosion at a political meeting in Bangladesh killed 22 people. The United States condemns the bombing incidents that have occurred in Bangladesh this year. These contemptible attacks have targeted political meetings, the celebration of the Bengali New Year, and a religious service. Each of these attacks has killed or wounded many innocent people; to them and to their families we extend our sympathy. There can be no justification for such senseless violence. We understand that Bangladeshi law enforcement authorities have made arrests in each case and urge them to thoroughly investigate these acts and bring to justice those responsible.

Political violence has plagued Bangladesh for too long. The United States deplores all politically motivated acts of violence, intimidation and harassment and urges all parties in Bangladesh to respect the fundamental rights of others, including the freedom of movement and of assembly. The people of Bangladesh deserve the opportunity to vote freely in elections this fall and express political opinions without the threat of violence from any quarter.


Released on June 18, 2001

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