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BANGLADESH-Compounding the Disaster

is significant is this: that so far, or at least till the beginning of the anti-Narmada and other environmental movements, the police had acted on the orders of 'higher authorities' in the government. And such action was usually taken only during particular mobilisations or events. But today, obviously, environmental protest and all activities associated with it have come to be regarded as anti-state activities at all times. The consequences of the inter- nalisation of such a view of environmental protest has dangerous implications. This means for one thing that harassment of activists takes place without any reference to higher ups. It also implies that an important aspect of the democratic system, whatever its other limitations, the right to protest, is being effectively eroded even though the system may show no signs of damage from such protest

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