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2023-10-31 18:36:00 BdST

US will take action if necessary to support Bangladesh's democracy: Miller

The United States (US) will take action if necessary to support democracy in Bangladesh, US Department of State Spokesperson Matthew Miller said on Monday (30 October).

"We have made clear that we will take actions if necessary to support democracy in Bangladesh," he said while responding to a question during a regular press briefing.

The US also condemned the political violence that took place in Dhaka on October 28th.  

Miller said, “The reported killing of a police officer, a political activist and the burning of a hospital and buses are unacceptable, as is violence against civilians, including journalists."

The US encourages the authorities to thoroughly investigate the incidents at the 28 October rallies and to hold those responsible for the violence accountable, he added.

He said the holding of free and fair elections is everyone's responsibility – voters, political parties, the government, the security forces, civil society, and the media.

Miller said diplomats talk to a wide variety of people – civil society organisations, media professionals, business leaders, cultural contributors, educators, and many other types of organisations and individuals.

"That is what diplomats do as part of their everyday job," the US State Department spokesperson added.

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