“We have got an unprecedented response from the people for our protest programmes as lakhs of people are participating in our rallies,” he said.

Referring to prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent comment that opposition leaders and activists would not be obstructed from carrying out protest programmes, Fakhrul said the current government says one thing and does another.

“They’re now doing the opposite of what they have said. This is the character of Awami League. Their terrorist character has once again been exposed to the people of the country through the incidents. This is how they have destroyed democracy in this country and turned Bangladesh into a failed state," he observed.

The BNP leader said their ongoing protests at upazila, thana, municipality and union levels will continue until 10 September.

He said they will announce their next course of programmes after September 10.

Fakhrul said their party leaders and activists came under attacks in different districts, including in Jashore, Munshiganj, Tangail, Feni, Satkhira, Patuakhali, Chattogram, Bagerhat, Khagrachari, Rangamati, Thakurgaon, Laxmipur, Mymensingh, Magura, Gaibandha, Barishal, Khulna, Netrakona, Brahmanbaria, Narsingdi, Rajshahi, Noakhali, Bhola, Natore, Cumilla and Narail, by the ruling party ‘cadres’ and law enforcers centring their peaceful protest programmes.

"So far, more than 750 leaders and activists have been injured in these attacks. False cases have been filed against thousands of leaders and workers while around 60 of them have been arrested,” the BNP leader said.