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Activists Gathered Shahbag To Protest ICT Verdict

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Activists Gathered Shahbag To Protest ICT Verdict
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Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00
Shahbag Square
Shahbag Square
Thousands of people, including students of Dhaka University, blogger and Online Activist Network, activists of different socio-cultural organization exploded into protest as the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced the Jamaat leader to the ‘lighter life sentence.’
The people had positioned themselves blocking the key Shahbagh intersection since the afternoon demanding Quader Mollah's death penalty.

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Blogger at Online Activists Network organized the agitation, what they said, demanding the capital punishment of Quader Mollah for crime against humanity during the 1971 War of Liberation at around 5pm in front of the National Museum. Later it blossomed into a huge gathering of people from across the broad spectrum of society.

Songs were being sung, poems recited, slogans chanting, films screened and speeches were made during the agitation.
The protest organizers said they would not budge from there until their demand was met.
Meanwhile, several leftist leaders, also the key allies of ruling Awami League have thrown their weight behind the demonstrations orchestrated by the young people.
Jatiyatabadi Samajtantrik Dal (JaSad) President and Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said, “I am a freedom fighter. Quader Molla was sentenced to death in the mock trials in the Jahanara Imam-led Gonoadalot (Court of the People), only 500 yards from here.”
 “Why did he get life imprisonment today? I reject this verdict. We do not accept this verdict. I reject this as a freedom fighter, even if I am a minister or whatever.”

Shahbag Square
Shahbag Square

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Communist Party of Bangladesh President Mujahidul Islam Selim said they would demonstrate on Wednesday in the streets starting from Central Shaheed Minar to Bahadur Shah Park over the same demand.
Soon after the information minister's departure, Former Acting President of Dhaka University Teachers Association and Pharmacy Department Professor ABM Faruk who came with the banner of Dhaka University General Teachers expressed their solidarity to the crowds demanding the Mollah's capital punishment.
Poet, literatures and teachers including Film and Television Studies Department Chairman Professor AZM Shafiul Alam
Bhuiyan, Chairman Sangkrit Department Dr Ashim Sarker, Dr Mofizul Haq and Abul Monsur Ahmed of Mass Communication and Journalism Department expressed their solidarity to the crowds.
At first, hours after the verdict was delivered, a human-chain protest was held in front of the National Museum at around 5pm demanding death for Molla.
But a huge number of youths started heading towards Shahbagh from far and wide of the capital after the news of human chain was out on Facebook and other social networking websites.
“We reject the tribunal’s verdict,” Mahmudul Haque Munsi, member of the Blogger and Online Activist Network which started the protest, told “We would not turn back from the streets until Quader Molla gets death sentence.”
Munsi said the verdict had betrayed three million martyrs and 200,000 daughter and mothers of the land violated during the War of Independence.
The demonstrator wondered why the Jamaat Assistant Secretary General was given life term instead of a death sentence as “it was proven that Molla had murdered hundreds”.
He said their preliminary plan was to take out processions and stage rallies, but the blockade took place as everyone demanded.
Another demonstrator, Imran H Sarker, said they would stay overnight at Shahbagh and continue the siege, but would not return home until Molla is handed down the death sentence.
Meanwhile, Slogan-71, an organisation of Dhaka University, took out a torch procession in the evening over the same demand. The procession joined the demonstration at Shahbagh after marching down the DU campus streets.
The air at Shahbagh was filled with chants while the legendary mass music ‘Bicharpoti tomar bichar korbe jara, aj jegeche sei janata’ ('O Justice, the people who will try you have risen now') was sung many times.
Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) also set up a big screen and showed several films based on the Liberation War including ‘Stop Genocide’, ‘Muktir Gaan’, ‘Aguner Parashmoni’, ‘Al-Badr’ and ‘Agami’ and many more.
DUFS President Ariful Islam informed press that they would keep screening movies as long as the demonstration continued.
Students of the Faculty of Fine Arts drew mock images of Razakars on long plain white cloths.
Protestors were also seen collecting money among themselves to arrange for dinner.
Beside that National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Mizanur Rahman, former CPB President Monjurul Ahsan Khan, Ganaforum leader Pankaj Bhattyacharya, first Bangladeshi conqueror of Mount Everest Musa Ibrahim, Student Union President SM Shuvo also have expressed their solidarity to the crowds.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 03:24
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