Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Shahbagh demonstrators march in city

The Shahbagh demonstrators bring out a mass procession in the capital on Thursday protesting the countrywide daylong shutdown enforced by the main opposition BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami- hartal. Photo: Rashed Shumon

The Shahbagh demonstrators bring out a mass procession in the capital on Thursday protesting the countrywide daylong shutdown enforced by the main opposition BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami- hartal. Photo: Rashed Shumon

The Shahbagh demonstrators brought out a procession in the capital on Thursday to protest the countrywide daylong Shutdown enforced by the main opposition BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami- hartal.

Several hundred people joined the anti-hartal procession that began from Shahbagh intersection, now christened Projonmo Chattar, around 9:30am.

The hour-long procession paraded through Matsya Bhaban, Jatiya Press Club and Purana Paltan before retuning to Shahbagh.

Meanwhile, a grand rally is also scheduled to be held around 3:00pm at Shikha Chirantan in Suhrawardy Udyan today.

Commemorating the International Women’s Day on March 8, a rally will also be held at the Projonmo Chattar under the banner of “Nari Gonojagoron Mancha,”

The Shahbagh movement began on February 5, hours after Jamaat assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Mollah was sentenced to life in prison for rape, killing and genocide during country’s Liberation War in 1971.

Rejecting the verdict, Bloggers and Online Activist Network initiated the protest that soon turned into a mass movement.

It also spread to other parts of the country and eventually abroad later.