Bangladesh University Shuts Down after World Cup Related ViolenceThe June 16, 2010, By Leslie Rogers
An esteemed public university has shut down indefinitely, after students clashed over the question whether to cancel classes in order to watch the World Cup or not. ;
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology is closed for the time being, and indefinitely, due to violent clashed between the students, who debates on whether classes should be cancelled and university closed, so that the students would be able to watch the World Cup. The students were asked to leave the university and the dormitories by Sunday in order to calm the situation.
The decision was made late Saturday after at least five students were grievously injured in violent clashes between two groups of students. One of the parties demanded an early summer vacation, so that they could watch football on television, without having to study for tests and go to classes. In order to accomplish this, they locked the gate of the university, and asked other students not to cross their picket line. No date has been set for when the university will reopen.
Earlier this month, hundreds of angry football fans smashed vehicles in Dhaka after power outages interrupted live TV broadcasts of a World Cup match between Argentina and Nigeria.
Football is the most popular sport in Bangladesh even though the South Asian nation has never qualified for any major international tournament.