A group of BNP-Jamaat activists protesting outside the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington DC, departed the area after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited them to engage in negotiations. The incident happened while the Bangladeshi diaspora in the United States gave the Prime Minister a civil reception on this Tuesday in the ballroom of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington DC.
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On April 28, Sheikh Hasina traveled to Washington, DC, for a World Bank event commemorating 50 years of collaboration between Bangladesh and the organization.
Prime Minister’s speechwriter M Nazrul Islam told reporters at the briefing, “The Prime Minister expressed interest in talking to BNP-Jamaat supporters about their problems. After that they left their position outside the hotel.”
Quoting the Prime Minister, Mr. Islam added, ” The Prime Minister saw it and at that time it was raining and biting cold outside and said, whatever they want to say, let them come here and say it.”
The prime minister subsequently asked one representative from the Bangladesh embassy and her PS-II Al Mamun Murshed to drive them to the hotel.
“Nonetheless, the local police officers initially refused to let them enter without the hotel authority’s consent; nonetheless, they later obtained the hotel authority’s consent. But the BNP-Jamaat demonstrators dispersed, rejecting the Prime Minister’s kind gesture,” Nazrul said.