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Entire country in '71 mood

Rallies, processions in districts

While the capital's Shahbagh saw a massive demonstration yesterday, many other parts of the country were swept by protests demanding capital punishment to all the war criminals including Abdul Quader Mollah.

The protesters staged sit-in and rallies interspersed with brief cultural programmes and chanted slogans against war criminals and Jamaat-Shibir.

In Chittagong, cultural activists of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshthi continued their sit-in before the Chittagong Press Club. They sat round with musical instruments, singing songs, reports our correspondent.

Thousands of people joined the sit-in with anti-war crime banners, and placards.

Like the previous two nights, the Jamal Khan area was abuzz with a huge crowd till late at night.

Protesters chanted, “Ektai Dabi -- Razakarder Fashi Chai.” The youths sang patriotic and parody numbers.

In the divisional city of Barisal, protesters raised Ekatturer Mancha and staged demonstrations in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall. Students of fine arts painted on the road and organised children's open painting festival there.

Outraged over the verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal-2 against Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah, thousands of people in Sylhet staged a rally in front of the Central Shaheed Minar for the third consecutive day yesterday.

In Faridpur, leaders and activists of different socio-political and cultural organisations took to the streets at Alipur intersection in the town demanding death sentence to the war criminals.

Besides, the local unit of Sector Commanders Forum and several leftist political parties staged a sit-in at Shatmatha, the centre point of the town. They demanded the government ban Jamaat-Shibir and mete out capital punishment to Quader Mollah.

Protests were also held in Narayanganj, Kishoreganj, Madaripur and Satkhira.

Meanwhile, Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said the youths will expel the fundamentalists from Bangladesh.

He was addressing the opening ceremony of a temple at Kharabagh village in Nesarabad of Pirojpur.

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