Thousands join Shahbagh demo Mass rally on Friday

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HAKA: Vowing to continue their sit-in demonstration, organizers announced to stage a mass rally at Shahbagh intersection on Friday to press home their demand of death penalty of Jamaat leader AbdulQuader Mollah for his involvement in crimes against humanity during liberation war in 1971.

The leaders of the organizers made the announcement on Wednesday evening. “It is expected that some 10 lakh people will join in the mass rally,” said a competent source from the organizer.

Besides, people from all walks of life thronged Shahbagh intersection in the city for the second consecutive day and expressing angry reactions in protest against the verdict of International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-2 that passed life term imprisonment to the Jamaat leader.

The angry mob including, freedom fighters, general students, cultural personalities, are gathering at the place from Tuesday evening with only demand of awarding death penalty to Quader Mollah instead of life term.

A large number of journalists from different media also joined the demonstration and they set up temporary camp in the Shahbagh area.

A, team comprising 16 members, was also supported the outrage and providing the all ins and outs of the movement to people.     

Hundreds of young people put barricade surrounding the Shahbagh Square and expressed their dissatisfaction by staging different demonstration as the verdict of the tribunal.

A symbolic trial was constructed and effigy of Quader Mollah was hanged to death.  The protesters also tagged a chain of shoes as symbol of their adherent.

Slogan-71, a pro liberation platform of Dhaka University, brought out a torch procession in the evening over the same demand. The procession joined the outraged place after marching the DU campus.

Ferdousy Priobhasini, a war heroine of 1971, has joined the outrage. She told banglanews: “New generation started the movement which we started in the past. We don’t leave the place until our demand is met.”

The war heroine also declared the Shahbagh intersection as “Prajonmo Chattar” (generation intersection) as the protest movement started from here.

Dhaka University’s Mass Communication and Journalism Department Professor Golam Rahman, Communist Party of Bangladesh’s Advisory Member Manjurul Ahsan Khan, President Mujahidul Islam Selim,Gonoforum’s Pankaj Battacharya, Artiste Kafil Ahmed, Sobbyasachi Hazra, Siddique Mollah, BTV former director general M Hamid, cultural personality Nasir Uddin Yusuf, Awami League MP Abdul Mannan, first Bangladeshi Mount Everest conqueror Musa Ibrahim, Bangladesh Chhatra League President Badiuzzaman Sohagh, General Secretary Siddiqui Nazmul Alam and Student Union President SM Shuvo addressed the demonstration, among others and expressed their solidarity with the protesters.

Apart from them, information minister Hasanul Haque Inu also expressed his solidarity.

Advocate Adity, who participated in the demonstration, said she joined with the outraged as she don’t accept the judgment over Quader Mollah as like as thousands Bangladeshis.

Meanwhile deputy leader of the parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury joined the mass movement.

She said, “I came here from the house and I would convey your demand to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”

But agitators refused her assurance saying that she came here only for crocodile tears and chanted slogan against the government.  

In the morning, a human chain was built in Shahbagh intersection area. Students of Fine Arts of the Dhaka University made 25-feet long snake-shaped effigy of Golam Azam marked with sun-moon of Pakistan flag and placed in the area.

The protesters expressed their determination that they would not return home until ICT awards death penalty to war criminals including, Quader Mollah.

Meanwhile demonstrators declared a mass movement in the area on Friday and urged all peoples to join the outrage.

FEB 06, 2013

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