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Shahbagh youths urge all for solidarity today

Students of several schools and colleges joined the ongoing demonstration at Shahbagh yesterday, demanding death penalty for war criminals. A number of artistes, inset, who went to express solidarity with the movement, chant slogans. Photo: Anisur Rahman

Shahbagh protesters yesterday urged people to express solidarity with the movement by holding a three-minute silence today to press home the demand for death penalty for all war criminals, including Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah.

Urging all to stand in silence wherever they may be for three minutes from 4:00pm, Imran H Sarker, a key organiser of the movement, said, "All the people cannot join us in Shahbagh. We call upon them to express solidarity with us by holding the three-minute silence."

“This is a new form of protest. And we may also organise cultural and other programmes as part of the ongoing movement.”

Imran told The Daily Star that the movement will continue until their demands are met.

Like the previous days, tens of thousands of people converged on the capital's Shahbagh intersection yesterday, the seventh consecutive day of the demonstration.

The demonstrators started the protest on February 5 demanding death penalty for Jamaat Assistant Secretary General Mollah, after International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Mollah to life imprisonment for war crimes in 1971.

People from all walks of life irrespective of age, sex and class have thronged Shahbagh to express solidarity with the protesters.

Expressing solidarity with the demonstrators, Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee yesterday demanded trial of Jamaat-e-Islami as an organisation for its complicity in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.

Committee's acting president Shahriar Kabir demanded inclusion of a provision in the International Crimes Tribunal (Amendment) Act, 1973 for ensuring protection of the witnesses.

Its leaders Ferdousi Priyobhashini and Shaheedjaya Shyamoli Nasrin Chowdhury, among others, joined the Shahbagh demonstrations yesterday.

Students from different schools, colleges and universities from across the country joined the movement carrying banners, placards and national flags over the last few days. Their presence at Shahbagh added momentum to the movement.

A large number of students in school and college uniform started pouring into the venue since morning. They sat in circles on the street and chanted slogans for death penalty for all war criminals.

"When I first saw the demonstrations on the television, I felt guilty for not being able to join the protest. I have finally joined it today and feel proud about it. I would not forgive myself if I failed to come here," said Simanto, a student of Dhaka City College.

Many students said they didn't attend classes to join the demonstrations along with their teachers.

The protesters hoisted a huge national flag between Birdem Hospital and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University at around 5:50pm.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and eminent cultural personalities also expressed solidarity with the demonstrators.

Law enforcers yesterday detained 10 persons from Shahbagh suspecting them as Shibir activists, and another person from the protest venue while he was distributing leaflets. They were later released after primary interrogation.

The protesters on Sunday submitted to the Speaker a six-point demand including death penalty for all war criminals including Mollah, and revocation of the state power to grant amnesty to the persons convicted by the tribunals.

Eminent personalities, academicians, politicians, sports personalities and human rights activists have expressed solidarity with the movement.

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Go ahead! The entire country is right behind you...

: Misir Ali

4:00am will be cold, dark and windy. But will wake from sleep and remember you all.

God SPEED my friends. Let's seek justice. And let's end the culture of impunity.

: Mohammad Zaman, Missouri, USA

Comments

  • Parvez Babul, Journalist and Columnist
    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 08:55 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    The whole nation is supporting this movement at Shahbagh/projonmo chottor. Definitely we will stand up for three minutes at 4:00pm today to express our solidarity. We love our blood-earned country Bangladesh. And we want to make our country a real golden Bengal as we collectively dreamt in 1971, during our Liberation War. Cheers!!!

  • Turja, Canada
    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 08:21 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    Great movement, right movement, movement for justice... Do not feel dishearten even slightly, when you see the criminals are trying to demoralise with some blatant lie. Criminals never win. Keep it going .

  • Gopal
    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:51 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    I am deeply impressed by the depth and spread and sincerity of our Bangladeshi brothers and sisters in demanding justice for the ghastly acts of Jamaat-Shibir thugs prior to Bangladesh being a free nation! I think this is a source of inspiration for democrats everywhere and in India.. I hope justice is served, and our Bangladeshi brethren are spared these horrors in the future..

  • SHURUJ KAZI
    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 03:12 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    Lucky is our new hero.. Kick out Jamaat

  • Mohammed Shah Alam Khan from CANADA
    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 03:27 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    Boys don't worry, we are with you guys. I would like to extend our congratulations on behalf of freedom fighters leaving in Canada. Thanks to keep the spirit of Liberation War.

  • Alamgir
    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 06:13 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    For a real Golden Bangladesh the brave and committed protesters should also come up with demand to try and impose justice for all corrupt politicians, bureaucrats, money launderers and loan defaulters who have amassed huge amount of national wealth.

  • Reaz Hassan
    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:54 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    All sane people should stop this politically motivated drama at Shahbagh and elsewhere. Enough is enough. Leave judicial matters to judicial courts and bring back the concept of rationality in man.

  • Bazlur Rahman
    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 09:12 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    Let us all express solidarity with the young generation.

  • Asad Zaman
    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 07:36 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    Right now I’m far away from Shahbagh, but my heart and soul are with the spirit of this movement, as well as with you -- who have created and who have responded to it by participating this historic movement for justice against those war criminals.

  • it is time, finally!
    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 09:20 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    Forty years later Bangladeshi people are raising their voices for the justice. How long will it take to get justice? I want to tell the Shahbagh protesters, please don’t stop after this, there are thousands of justices you need to seek. Criminals are walking free. Hang them all. Think of how many family lost their son or daughter since December 16 in 1971. All are looking at you, my brave brother and sister in Shahabagh.

  • Ganesh Chandra Saha
    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 09:39 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    The war criminals deserve only death penalty. These monsters with the help of Pakistani military killed innocent Bangalees during the Liberation War. Jamaat and other political parties who supported them should face trial and be banned as political parties. Political parties who were against the very creation of our country have no right to carry on political activities here.

  • S K
    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 10:33 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    Amid holding 3 minutes silence by all people around the country, people's solidarity with the ongoing Shahbagh demonstration is likely to be expressed adding much more vigour to the demonstrators. Let us get united so that this unique way of protest for a noble cause does not go in vain.

  • Sunila Shah
    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 10:46 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    Good that people are standing up for what they believe. I just wish they would stand up against a political system that is one of the most corrupt...


 

 


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