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Shahbagh rally unites nation

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The ruling Awami League believes the countrywide movement demanding capital punishment to war criminals has led to a new beginning to end the unfinished revolution of the Liberation War in 1971.

Terming it a step forward in uniting the progressive and democratic forces, AL says the movement will once again draw a clear line between the pro- and anti-liberation forces.

"The movement will inspire a qualitative change in the country's politics," said AL presidium member Obaidul Quader referring to the movement at Shahbagh.

He said such spontaneous movement had not been seen in Bangladesh since the mass upsurge in 1969 and the liberation war in 1971. Through this movement it would be easier to tell who hold the spirit of 1971 and who of 1947.

Quader, also the communications minister, yesterday told The Daily Star that the youths had given their message loud and clear. "They have expressed no-confidence in the prevailing ill politics. As politicians we have a lot to learn from this."

Meanwhile, the main opposition BNP, which had been doubtful about the spirit of the movement and had described it as government-motivated, yesterday said the country had once again proved that it was still able to wake up and unite in any crisis.

BNP Standing Committee Member Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman said, "I personally support this movement. We oppose those who committed crimes against humanity."

However, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir kept from making any comment on the Shahbagh movement yesterday, when journalists asked for his reaction. He was placing wreath at the grave of his party founder and former president Ziaur Rahman in the capital.

The Workers Party of Bangladesh, AL's ally in the 14-party combine, said those who raised questions about the war crimes trial had remained isolated from the people.

Its president Rashed Khan Menon said the countrywide movement proved that the nation was united in the war crimes trial issue. "It is evident that the trial is not a partisan agenda, rather a national one," said Menon while addressing a party gathering before attending the Shahbagh movement in the capital.

Party insiders said AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had advised her party's top leaders not to speak at the Shahbagh demonstration, as the opposition might try to give the spontaneous movements a political colour.

The directives came Thursday night after a few of the ruling party leaders and ministers, including AL Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, were mistreated by some of the demonstrators of the mass movements.

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Awami League is indirectly claiming political victory from this Shahbag rally, which was attended by people of quarters irrespective of political affiliations. This war crime trial is a national issue and not a political one. Obaidul Quader, please do not think that this mass presence shows support for your party only.

: Labu Khan

Youths are the priceless wealth of a country. They are honest, sincere and patriotic and NOT thieves. Greediness of many who have become rich has caused a moral degradation and our recent uprising is against these corrupts who have been stealing and laundering our national treasury abroad.

The spontaneous rally that unites the nation against the defeated traitors should continue to purify our society to prosper in this challenging global village. Anti-liberation forces should be dumped to the trash so our future generation can enjoy and garner the benefit of our 1971 sacrifices. In no way this movement should be exploited by corrupt politicians.

: naabaj


  • A Parent
    Saturday, February 9, 2013 01:15 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    The much awaited UNITY of the nation, emulating the spirit of 1971!

    The Bangladesh nation had needed just this 'moment of truth'.

    However, someone should take the responsibility to assure the SEA of Youth and everyone out there that their demand will be definitely met and that they must go back to the Campus and studies.

    Their energy and spirit demonstrates to the nation that they can no longer be ignored. Also that if anyone wants to rise to the occasion at the time of national duty, one surely can 'wake' up and join the protest rally for a just and popular cause. One does not have to do politics for that, never ever. At the time of studies, politics destroys the youth and they are simply used by the parties.

    Let this rally-turned-FORCE dictate that people's Verdict must be heeded and justice delivered.





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