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Crowds keep swelling at Shahbagh

Protesters at Shahbagh yesterday vowed to continue their movement and said that Jamaat-Shibir would no way be able to stop the people's movement, not even by exploding bombs or carrying out attacks.

Minutes after the Jamaat-Shibir men attacked law enforcers at different points in the capital, the protest venue reverberated with slogans like "Threats cannot stop the movement" and "Bomb attacks cannot stop the movement".

The people of Bangladesh have already put up a strong resistance against Jamaat-Shibir and the anarchy created by the anti-liberation forces, the protesters said.

The demonstrators also declared a two-day programme -- rendering of protest songs at Shahbagh at 3:00pm today and a countrywide candlelight vigil at 7:00pm tomorrow in the memory of the martyrs killed by Jamaat and its student wing during and after the Liberation War.

Yesterday, the eighth day of the nonstop movement, protesters in their tens of thousands poured into the Shahbagh intersection, demanding capital punishment to all war criminals, including Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah.

The movement began on February 5, soon after a war crimes tribunal sentenced Mollah to life term in prison for crimes against humanity during the 1971 war. The protest was initiated by Bloggers and Online Activist Network, but it soon turned into a mass movement.

The movement spread to other parts of the country, with the call for capital punishment to all war criminals getting louder and louder.

Deputy Speaker Shawkat Ali, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu, noted economist Prof Abul Barkat, a group of thirty retired army officers and many other eminent personalities yesterday joined the movement at Shahbagh and expressed their solidarity with the demonstrators.

"Their [Jamaat-Shibir's] violence can't dampen the spirit of the Shahbagh movement.

"Do they think they can intimidate us? Do they think we will hide under our beds? They can come with all they have got," said Esha Siddiqui, a demonstrator.

"They couldn't stop us in 1971; they can't stop us today," added Esha, a private university student.

Meanwhile, protestors have urged all to celebrate the Pahela Falgun, the first day of spring, today with the sprit of "struggle".

Terming Jamaat a "black spot" of the spring, they said they hoped to annihilate this blackness before the season was over.

"Boshonter kalo daag, ei Boshonte muche jak (let the black spot of the spring wipe out this spring)," protestors chanted.

In a mock execution, a youth, dressed like Quader Mollah, was hanged on the stage, and the demonstrators held a procession carrying his symbolic dead body.

Effigies of other alleged war criminals were also burnt.

Jasim Uddin, who played Quader Mollah's role, told The Daily Star that he took part in the mock hanging because he hated all the war criminals.

Many said they made the protest venue their home for the last few days and would not go home until their demand was met.

"I have been staying here for seven days. I eat here and take rest here," said Sekander Ali, who claimed to be a freedom fighter.

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Police should shoot the jamat-shibir terrorists on their legs at least if not to kill. They are now playing pure terrorists role and must not enjoy human rights when they are killing people and vandalizing public properties.

: Md. Jafrul Hannan

We extend our support to the movement and the demand for justice that will ensure a democratic secular Bangladesh.

: Masudur Rahman


  • Khalil Ahmed
    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 05:10 PM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    This so called rally at Shahbagh is a big deception. It is the Awami league's publicity stint and those that are participating will one day in the future look back and realize how foolish and mistaken they were. Do not forget that in your country great and heinous crimes are committed by the government and yet not single person is brave enough to protest against this evil.

  • neutral
    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 05:00 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    The victory will be your's when the media and vested quarters would stop giving the news of the killers and would be terrorists soon finding no other way to stop people's movement. The only thing the youth has to observe is peace and unity to furthering their cause for fruits of freedom to all and ensure that anti-liberation forces are silent for ever..

  • rch
    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 03:52 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Jamaat-e-Islami did not win with all the support from Pakistani military, how could they win now? No Rajakars should be allowed.

  • Mohammed Shah Alam Khan from CANADA
    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 06:17 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Projanma Square is the voice of Liberation War so there is none to stop them by saying rubbish. By the grace of Allah their demand for clear the anti-liberation from the country will be success. This is the only demand to wash out Rajakars and their supporters and their all type of supporting elements from Bangladesh that way these youth will clean the nation and country, we the freedom fighter failed to do that earlier. These youths are our descendants will do our duties which we did not make for any reasons.

  • md russell talukder
    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 01:52 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    The innocence has been raped by the experience. They came like little lambs to drink only .i.e to give the war criminals what they deserve. The nation found their heart beats with them. But in a wild grazing land as their is always fear of wolfs, they fell prey to the old thirsty wolfs and having swallowed by them, they now want a country where people will be denied of their right to do politics based on their faith. By diversifying the demand they have divided the nation. The heart of Muslim Bengali Ummah do not go with them. Their identity bears the traces of blood of disintegrating the nation. They must maintain the innocence with what they have emerged and demand due justice to the war criminals and banning the derailed politics of Jamaat, but not at all the banning of faith based politics.





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