Source: The Daily Star
Protesters from the Shahbagh grand rally on Friday afternoon demanded death penalty for all war criminals including Abdul Quader Mollah and a ban on the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami and Shibir.
Lakhs of protesters demand death penalty to all war criminals including Jamaat leader Quader Mollah at a grand rally in Shahbagh on Friday. Photo: Amran Hossain
“Today we are united on a single demand. We liberated the country in 1971 and today you will liberate it once again from Razakars and Jamaat-Shibir,” Mili Rahman, widow of Bir Sreshtha Matiur Rahman.
“It is the happiest day of my life. I am here to offer my apology to you. I wrote on newspapers that the new generation only clinks on like on facebook and writes on blog sites, but they don’t take to the streets. You have proved me wrong and I thank you all for this,” noted writer Prof Md Zafar Iqbal said in his electrifying speech before thousands of protesters.
Prof. Dr Anwar Hossain, vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University, BSMMU VC Prof Pran Gopal Dutta, Dhaka University VC Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique and cultural personality Hasan Imam, among other, spoke at the grand rally.
Earlier, people, regardless of sex, caste and religion, gathered at the intersection to join the grand rally that began around 3:00pm.
While addressing the rally, Hasan Tarek, general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra Union, demanded Mollah’s membership cancellation from the Jatiya Press Club.
“Let us start boycotting the Jamaat-e-Islami by canceling his membership from the press club,” he said.
Similar protests have also been reported from different countries including Saudi Arabia, America and the United Kingdom.