A video of a protest before the Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, against the proposed Rampal power plant project has gone viral on Facebook.
A group of youths staged the demonstration on Dhaka University campus when Shringla went there to attend a program on Tuesday. Activists and environmentalists are concerned that the plant will have a devastating impact on the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest.
The 45-second long video shows, youths are forming a human chain on both sides of the road holding placards and chanting slogans against the Rampal power plant project when the Indian high commissioner entered the premises of Faculty of Fine Arts, according to the Daily Star newspaper.
Many people shared the video on Facebook, which has been viewed nearly half a million times in the last 24 hours. Tasneem Khalil, A Bangladeshi-Swedish journalist, posted the following text about the video on Facebook:
Many prominent Facebook users including Wasfia Nazreen, first Bangladeshi and only Bengali to complete the Seven Summits record, has posted the following link on Facebook:
Meanwhile, an online petition has been launched addressing the Chair and other members of UNESCO World Heritage Committee to save the Sundarbans by stopping the Rampal power plant project considering its devastating impacts on the environment. The creators of the petition hope to get 250,000 signs soon.
Sundarbans in Danger – Act Now! https://t.co/eP0Uvm8j3X
— Ariful Haque (@haque3r) August 17, 2016
Have something to add? Write your comment below.