A freind of mine saw the video footage of the Police beating then shooting a young bangladeshi in his 20s in the head and asked me this question. Its hard to answer in a sound bite and from my location but that wont stop me trying to.
Today as the Internationally Discredited War Crimes Tribunals handed a death penalty to Allama Sayeedi, the government tried switching off social media and unleashed violence of striking Islamists, its important to spend some time thinking and reflecting.
I recommend the following article by William Gomes, a Bangladesh Christian http://www.opendemocracy.net/opensecurity/william-gomes/shahbagh-what-revolution-whose-revolution#.US2thTO4AP0.twitter .
Naeem Mohaimen's piece in Kafila is the closest that a Bangla nationalist activist will come to admitting that their case rests on a sea of BS http://kafila.org/2013/02/22/shahbagh-the-forest-of-symbols-naeem-mohaiemen/
In the absense of decent press and in the interests of self promotion, I'm self referencing previous posts here.
Last Fridays jumma firings
As it became clearer http://fugstar.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/shahbagan-garden-of-hate-and-fear.html
As it kicked off http://fugstar.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/only-bangladeshis-could-demonstrate-in.html
War crimes tribunals and the leaks
After the Economist published the leaks http://fugstar.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/i-am-justifiably-in-contempt-of-this.html
Before the Economist published the leaks http://fugstar.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/war-crimes-tribunal-judge-tells.html