Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013

Black night

Shahbagh protesters declare fresh programme

The Shahbagh protesters yesterday declared a series of programmes, including a torch rally, marking the black night of March 25, 1971 and the Independence Day.
Addressing a press conference last night, representative of the Gonojagoron Mancha and Convener of Blogger and Online Activists Network Imran H Sarker urged the people to make the programmes successful.
He also warned of tougher programmes if the process to ban Jamaat-Shibir does not commence by their earlier deadline of March 26.
As per the announcement, torch processions will be brought out all over the country on Monday at 7:00pm in memory of the black night of 1971, when the Pakistani occupation army launched a crackdown on unarmed Bangalees.
The organisers of the movement also called upon all educational institutions to hold discussions on the nation’s struggle for independence on March 25.
On the day, the protesters will hold cultural programmes, bring out silent procession from Projonmo Chattar at Shahbagh which would march past the Central Shaheed Minar and end at the Jagannath Hall martyrs grave on Dhaka University campus. They will light candles there.
The next morning, the protesters will place floral tributes at National Mausoleum in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, marking the 42nd Independence Day of Bangladesh. They will hold a grand rally at Projonmo Chattar at 4:00pm and release 42 sky lanterns in the evening.
Meanwhile, the month-long signature campaign at Shahbagh ended yesterday with over 17 lakh signatures collected in the capital alone pressing for a six-point demand of the Gonojagoron Mancha. The demands include capital punishment to war criminals and banning of Jamaat-Shibir.

  • Iftekhar Hassan

    Six-point demand of the Gonojagoron Mancha or any political Mancha in Bangladesh is dead until someone can come up with answer as to how a true and working democracy can take root in Bangladesh that can satisfy Islamism, Nationalism and Secularism.

    • cernventure

      The main task is to make convenience the common people through, text , manch, rally and song that Bangladesh is not safe from evil jamaat islam . People are majority in number in village more than city people .

  • Barkat

    You can buy a ticket and come back if you really love so much Bangladesh then why did you left it for western comfort and safety?