Fuel price hike triggers protests in Bangladesh

Published August 7, 2022
People refuel their motorcycles at a gasoline station after fuel price surge up to fifty percent in Dhaka on August 6. — Reuters
People refuel their motorcycles at a gasoline station after fuel price surge up to fifty percent in Dhaka on August 6. — Reuters

DHAKA: Thousands of Bangla­deshis besieged fuel stations across the country after the government raised prices by as much as 52 per cent, the largest jump on record, on the back of higher oil prices.

Russia’s invasion of Ukr­aine has seen global energy prices soar, though oil has fallen back in recent weeks as recession fears mount.

Dhaka announced on Fri­day that the price of petrol was going up by 51.7pc and diesel by 42.5pc from midnight. Motorcycle riders rac­ed to fuel stations nationwide to try and fill up before the price rise went into effect. Some stations paused sales, and sporadic protests broke out.

Demonstrators said the increases would disproportionately hit the country’s tens of millions of poor people, who use diesel to power transport and farming irrigation pumps. In Sylhet, retailers tried to impose the higher prices immediately after the hike was announced, Police Com­m­issioner Nisharul Arif said.

Published in Dawn, August 7th, 2022

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