UK expatriates are disappointed with the harassment of 7 expatriate investors in the ‘conspiracy case’.
A protest meeting was held on the initiative of the Greater Sylhet Development and Welfare Council (GSC) South East Region in the incident of their arrest and harassment. On October 6, 2022, a huge protest was held in London.
The organisation’s chairman, M.A. Aziz, presided over the meeting. It was discussed how remittances from foreign workers help boost the local economy. However, the government must protect the financial interests of those who fight for remittances. If this does not happen, they will stop sending money home and will be less motivated to start businesses.
The organisation’s General Secretary, Fazlul Karim Chowdhury, conducted the program. Among others spoke, the Patron of GSC Dr. Hasnat Hossain MBE and KM Abu Taher Chowdhury, Former Chairperson of South East Region, Muhammad Ichbah Uddin, Former General Secretary of GSC Central Committee Syed Abdul Qayyum Kayshar, Chairperson of Voice for Newham Parvez Qureshi MBE, Councilor Jyotsna Islam, Vice President of South East Region Councilor Faizur Rahman, treasurer of South East Region Sufi Sohail Ahmed, former Councilor Mamunur Rashid and Councilor Ruhul Amin, Akhlakur Rahman.
GSC East London Branch Chairperson Abdul Malik Kuti, Treasurer Md Abul Miah, Organizing Secretary Syed Zillul Haque, Member-Editor Saleh Ahmed (Alfu), Welfare Secretary Farooq Miah, Youth-Editor Saleh Ahmad, Sports-Editor Azam Ali, South East also spoke. Region Member Kazi Taj Uddin Akmal, Public Life Secretary Alhaj Chhmir Uddin, Maulana Abdul Qudduch, Essex Branch Siddiqur Rahman Koraishi, Middlesex Branch Syed Karim, Zaman Siddiqui, Khandkar Saiduzzaman Sumon, Badshah Mia, Mofazzul Ali, Md Irfan Ali, Md Jagambhar Ali, Community activist Md Ichtab Uddin Ahmad, media worker Syed Abu Sayem Karim, social activist A Manaf, Abdul Halim Chowdhury, community activist Faisal Shah, Labor Party member and social worker Shahan Chowdhury, Md Ghiyas Uddin, Md Abdul Bari Jasim, journalist Qais Ahmed, Md Machrul Haq.
At the beginning of the meeting, the religious affairs secretary of the organisation, Kamrul Hasan Chowdhury, recited from the Holy Quran.
They strongly demanded the Bangladesh government stop harassing expatriate investors, withdraw the cases filed against them, and bring the conspirators under the law.
They demanded no-visa stickers from embassies in passports, removal of legal complications in issuing power of attorney and the government to take effective steps to stop harassment of expatriates at airports.
After the meeting was completed, they prayed for the GSC’s ailing leaders, workers, and members—as well as the Muslim Ummah—to be well soon and for the forgiveness of their sins. Patron KM Abu Taher Chowdhury led the congregation in prayer.