It’s been six days since Buet students first took to the streets in Dhaka, demanding justice for Abrar Fahad
For a long time, students have used the walls of the streets in the capital as a means of communication with the rest of the world. Students have sometimes used the walls as a canvas for art, known as graffiti, and sometimes written on them things they could not say out loud in public, for fear of incurring the wrath of people in power.
From the time of the British Raj, through the Pakistani era and subsequent military rule, the art and writings on the wall have often been a harbinger of change, spearheaded by the young.
It’s been six days since Buet students first took to the streets in Dhaka, demanding justice for Abrar Fahad, a second-year student of the university who was beaten to death allegedly by Chhatra League members in his dorm. Now some students have started using graffiti as part of their protest against such injustices.
“Grafitti was always there as a means of silent protests. The graffiti made today is not only because of highlighting the murder of Abrar, but it also highlights the silence of people and administration towards the misuse of power by so-called politicians,” said Ritu Prova Debi, an Architecture student at Buet.
Graffiti was painted on 24 walls around the Buet campus on Saturday, she added.
Even though Buet authorities have agreed to meet the student protesters’ demands, the latter have vowed to continue their fight until their demands are actually met.