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    Thousands join Shahbagh sit-in
    Demand capital punishment for Quader Mollah; protests spread across country

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    Thousands take position at the capital's Shahbagh intersection for a second day yesterday demanding capital punishment for Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah. Protestors, who include teachers, students, politicians and cultural activists, vowed to continue the movement until their demand is met. Inset, people march in procession to the Shahbagh demonstration.

    Forty-two years after the Liberation War, sentiments of liberation were rekindled as thousands yesterday refused to leave the street and go home till their demand for capital punishment for war criminals were met.

    The spontaneous protest that began on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after a tribunal gave life sentence to Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah, continued throughout the night. The occupation of Shahbagh intersection, initiated by bloggers and activist network went on all day yesterday, with the number of people escalating as the day wore on.

    The spirit of the protest spread to other parts of the country, with sit-ins and demonstrations taking place in Chittagong, Sylhet, Barisal, Rajbari, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Sunamganj, Noakhali and Narsingdi.

    In the capital's Shahbagh, different political parties and their student wings joined the rally that began as a people's movement. The parties include the ruling Awami League, Workers' Party of Bangladesh, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) and Ganotantrik Bam Morcha.

    However, nobody from the main opposition BNP and its student wing, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, was seen in the rally.

    The spirit in Shahbagh was infectious as people broke out in chants of “Tui *******” (you're a war criminal) and sang gono shongeet (mass song) in unison.

    Art college students painted murals and caricatures of the known war criminals while others made effigies with papers and card boards and hung them from the nearby poles. There was even a life-size game of “******* ludu” -- a game of snakes and ladders with the war criminals as the main players.

    Street plays and dances lent the event a festive air, without lessening the gravity of the protestors' demand. Candle light vigils and torch processions continued throughout the evening.

    “One can't help but feel alive after being here for a few minutes,” said Mohaimmen Kabir, a writer, adding that he hadn't seen such a spirit since the movement against Ershad's autocratic regime in the 1990s.

    “It gives me hope to see the youth carry on the fight that we began 43 years ago,” said Nazir Ahmed, a freedom fighter.

    Many people from Ahmed's generation echoed his view, saying they were impressed to see the passion and dedication of the youth.

    Saying that he had lost hope seeing the war criminals enjoy state power over the past few decades, Saiyed Ahmed, another freedom fighter, said: “But now, once again we can collectively fight against our nation's enemies, and our younger generations will lead the fight."

    Many joined the demonstration after seeing and hearing the news in the media, while others had been attending the demonstration on and off since it began.

    “We will stay here till our demand is met,” exclaimed Viqarunnisa student, Fairuz Ashraf.

    Others around her echoed her sentiment.

    Prominent political and cultural personalities gave speeches throughout the day, motivating the crowds.

    Speaking at the rally, Environment and Forests Minister Hasan Mahmud dismissed the allegation of a mutual understanding between the government and Jamaat.

    “But the verdict does not fulfill Awami League's demands,” he said replying to a query.

    CPB President Mujahidul Islam Selim said, “When the Pakistani army surrendered on December 16 [of 1971], they agreed formally to withdraw their camps, soldiers and associates from this country.”

    Following the logic that their allies have no political legality, Jamaat should not be able to function in independent Bangladesh, he argued.

    Eminent dramatist and freedom fighter Nasiruddin Yousuff Bachchu said, “I think the centre of the movement has been shifted to the younger generation from the freedom fighters.”

    Information Commissioner Sadeka Halim rejected the verdict and said she had been driven to the demonstration by her consciousness.

    JSD leader Shirin Akhter said people must continue their movement on the streets.

    Ministers Shahjahan Khan and Dilip Barua, worker's party president Rashed Khan Menon and its General Secretary Anisur Rahman Mollik, JSD President Hasanul Haque Inu, eminent historian Muntassir Mamoon, sculptor and survivor of the 1971 war crimes Ferdousy Priyobhashini, Jahangirnagar University Vice-chancellor Anwar Hossain, barrister Amir-Ul Islam, singer Mita Haq, AL leaders Nooh-Ul-Alam Lenin and Abdus Sobhan Golap, among others, joined the rally.

    Organisers announced the movement would continue today and there would be a grand rally tomorrow. They invited student and youth organisations from all parts of the country to join the event.

    "Slogan 71," a pro-liberation organisation formed by a group of Dhaka University students, has been supplying drinking water among the demonstrators.

    When several thousand people joined the Shahbagh demo, members of another pro-liberation organisation "Brittanto 71" were seen patrolling the city streets on a pickup to drum up public support in favour of the demand for death sentence for Quader Mollah.

    AL UNHAPPY
    Dissatisfied with the verdict, the AL high command has directed the party rank and file and all of its associated and like-minded bodies to stage demonstrations across the country to mobilise public support in favour of the war crimes trial.

    Accordingly, central party leaders directed its 73 organisational district units yesterday to take to the streets.

    “We have directed all our district units' leaders to stage demonstration in favour of the war crimes trial and capital punishment for the war criminals,” AL Organising Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim told The Daily Star yesterday.

    The verdict that gave life sentence to Quader Mollah did not reflect people's expectations, he said replying to a query.


    http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=268142
     
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    People demand death for Mollah
    Massive protests over ICT verdict

    A coalition of bloggers, social activists and politicos has taken over Shahbagh vantage point in the capital, in a new mode of movement of present times, to press for proper trial of the detained war-crime suspects as they instantly disapproved of Tuesday’s verdict awarding life sentence to Quader Mollah.

    Amid a chorus of patriotic songs and slogans, political and civil-social leaders, academics and some ruling-coalition lawmakers were addressing the squatters who were swearing a vow not to go back until what they say fair trial of wartime crimes and capital punishment to the Jamaat leader through retrial.

    People also poured into similar gatherings in Chittagong and Sylhet cities in a sort of uprising over the issue.

    Buoyed by the spontaneous participation of zillions of people, particularly the young ones, the campaigners declared a grand rally at Shahbagh for Friday with a slogan for building a non-communal Bangladesh free from war criminals.

    Expressing utter disappointment and dissatisfaction, they vowed to continue with the sit-in until death sentence is awarded to Abdul Quader Mollah, assistant secretary-general of Jamaat-e-Islami, for his crimes against humanity.

    Shahbagh has turned into a human sea as people from all walks of life have started thronging the area since the morning on Wednesday, calling upon others to join the demo through SMS and facebook blogs.

    Except for the 18-party alliance, leaders of all political parties, including ruling Awami League, student and socio-cultural organisations as well as university teachers and journalists were taking part in the sit-in demanding harsher punishments to war criminals.

    Blogger and Online Activists Network (BOAN) through online social networks called on all to stage protests against the verdict delivered by International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) against Quader Mollah.

    In the afternoon, different organisations formed a human chain in front of National Museum demanding capital punishment to Quader Mollah.

    Later in the evening, they took out a torch procession and paraded different streets.

    Except for Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the main opposition BNP, the leaders and activists of most student organisations thronged the Shahbagh area.

    However, some JCD activists told daily sun that they want capital punishment to Quader Mollah, but they remain silent for “political reasons”.

    While expressing his reaction, freedom fighter Abdus Sobhan Golap said the verdict really disappointed his hopes.

    “Usually, we see a person awarded death penalty for killing a single person, but Quader Mollah who killed many people and violated women in 1971 was not sentenced to death for committing such serious crimes,” he said.

    While expressing his solidarity with the agitating people, Dhaka University Vice-chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique said those who worked against liberation war and massacred unarmed civilians should not have any right to do politics in the country.

    “The whole nation including the young generation has set an example through the demo. The movement of the people will continue,” he said.

    Environment and Forests Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said he got frustrated over the ICT verdict. “I personally want death penalty for Quader Mollah.”

    “This verdict proved that ICT worked in its own way, not influenced by the government,” he said.

    Expressing his solidarity with the demonstration, AL presidium member Nuh-ul-Alam Lenin said people’s expectations were denied in the ICT verdict. “The young generation has become more active demanding the trial of war criminals.”

    NGO activist Khushi Kabir said Quader Mollah should have been awarded death penalty. “Despite being a rights activist, I strongly demand death penalty to Quader Mollah as he committed crimes against humanity during the liberation war.”

    Sammilito Sangskritik Jote president Nasiruddin Yousuff, its Secretary Golam Quddus, Khelaghar Central Committee member Anisur Rahman, Awami Juba League Secretary Harunur Rashid, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal leader Bazlur Rashid Firoz, Chhatra League general secretary Siddiqui Nazmul Alam also expressed their solidarity with the agitating people.

    Our Staff Correspondent from Chittagong adds: People from all walks of life started thronging in front of Chittagong Press Club to press home their demand for capital punishment to Quader Mollah.

    Samprodayikata Birodhi Tarun Udyog organised a sit-in programme in front of the press club around 3.00pm.

    Students from different educational institutions joined the sit-in while others also followed them.Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu, lawmaker Mainuddin Khan Badal and leaders and activists of different professional, political and social-cultural organisations took part in it and expressed their solidarity with the agitators.


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    Flame of protest spreads

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    The spirit of the demonstration staged by youngsters at Shahbagh in Dhaka demanding tougher punishment for Jamaat-e-Islami stalwart Abdul Quader Molla for war crimes has spread to far and wide in Bangladesh.

    Throughout Wednesday chants of “We want Quader Molla hanged”, reverberated as anger flared.

    Thousands of people from all walks of life joined the nationwide protests against the ‘lenient’ sentence awarded to Molla by the International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Tuesday.

    The second tribunal sentenced the Assistant Secretary General of the Islamist party to life in prison for his crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.

    Outraged by the ‘light’ punishment, the protesters joined the demonstrations in various parts including Chittagong, Sylhet, Chandpur, Cox’s Bazzar, Rajshahi and Comilla.

    Following the delivery of the verdict, cultural and political activists and youngsters, mostly university students and bloggers, whipped up emotions on the social networking sites and blogs. People started converging at Shahbagh intersection at the heart of the capital since Tuesday afternoon.

    They then grew in numbers and staged a candle-lit vigil throughout the night.

    The protest spread amidst the Jamaat-e-Islami-enforced shutdown on Wednesday, turning the central Shaheed Minar and important points of the city into seas of humanity.

    Vowing to continue their sit-in, the protest organisers in the evening announced that they would stage a grand rally at Shahbagh intersection on Friday demanding death penalty for Molla.

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    Several hundred people thronged the central Shaheed Minar at Chauhatta in the city on Wednesday afternoon. They were singing patriotic songs and chanting slogans.

    The demonstrators said they would continue their programme until Molla’s death penalty order. Teachers, students, cultural activists and political activists expressed solidarity with the programme.

    Earlier, teachers and students of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) joined the programme around 3:30pm in procession.

    Dr Muhammad Jafar Iqbal of the university’s Computer Science and Engineering Department, his wife university teacher Prof Yasmeen Haque and SUST Teachers’ Association President Prof Shamsul Alam were among those who joined the protest.

    Dr Iqbal said: “We saw what they (anti-liberation elements) did in 1971. Hanging them to death is the only proper judgment. The souls of thousands of freedom fighters and martyrs of the country will not get peace until justice is established.”

    Earlier at noon, SUST students set fire to effigies of the war crime suspects on the campus.

    The teachers and students also observed symbolic hunger strike and staged rally and demonstration since morning.

    Flame of protest burns everywhere - bdnews24.com
     
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    Shahbag has an interesting namesake! It was the Garden of Nawabs - Bag e Shahen Shah---> ShahBag ! they used to take their elephants from Puran Dhaka through elephant road......
     
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    Shahbagh to see grand rally Friday

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    Amidst a nationwide general strike by the Jamaat-e-Islami, demonstrators demanding death sentence for Jamaat-e-Islami Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Molla have announced to stage a grand rally at the city’s Shahbagh intersection Friday.

    Amidst a nationwide general strike by the Jamaat-e-Islami, demonstrators demanding death sentence for party’s Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Molla have announced to stage a grand rally at the city’s Shahbagh intersection Friday.

    The announcement came from a rally which entered its the second day Wednesday.

    Mahmudur Haque Munshi, a member of the Blogger and Online Activists Network and one of the organisers of the protests, urged everyone to join the grand rally.

    “A rally will begin 8am Thursday at Shahbagh and the grand rally will be held on Friday,” he told bdnews24.com.

    He said they would continue their protests until the verdict was reviewed and Molla was awarded the capital punishment.

    An announcement from the main stage of the programme said the agitators would stay overnight at the intersection like the previous night.

    The agitators have been demonstrating at the Shahbagh intersection since Tuesday evening, after the war crimes tribunal ordered life imprisonment for Molla for 'crimes against humanity' during the 1971 Liberation War.

    Thousands of people burst into the streets to protest the verdict of Molla because they felt the punishment was too light. Hours after the verdict was read out at the tribunal, people from all walks of life assembled at the spot.

    Sajeda Chowdhury, the Deputy Leader in Parliament, also rushed to the demonstration site.

    The protestors have been singing, reciting poems, raising slogans, screening films and making speeches.

    They 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”.

    They promised not to budge until their demand for hanging Molla for the crimes in 1971 was met.

    Leaders from several political parties and a group of Dhaka University teachers have also joined the demonstrations.

    The freedom fighters have also expressed solidarity with the protests.

    Although the spirited protesters had besieged only Shahbagh intersection in the morning, their sit-in programme spread up to the Fine Arts faculty of Dhaka University in the south, Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in the north, Aziz Super Market in the west and Childrens Park in the east by the evening.

    Earlier, the demonstrators put on black clothes in front of the Raju Sculpture in protest.

    Students of the Faculty of Fine Arts drew images on the streets stretching from Shahbagh to Raju Sculpture demanding capital punishment to Razakars.

    People from other surrounding districts of Dhaka have also gathered there.

    Prof Rafiqul Hasan, a teacher of the Bangabandhu Agriculture University, rushed to the site from Gazipur as he heard about the demonstration.

    He expressed discontent over the verdict. “The verdict has upset the youth,” he said.

    He demanded capital punishment to the other war crimes accused as well.

    Soumit Shuvra, a Chittagong University student, did not think a second time before coming to Dhaka from Chittagong, nor did Aminul Islam, a businessman from Narayanganj.

    Shahbagh to see grand rally Friday - bdnews24.com
     
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    I have many memories of this area. This is where I grew up.

    On topic, abolish capital punishment, because mistakes are easily made by judges and juries and innocents die because of mistakes of others. We should follow EU humanitarian example and abolish this inhuman practice. Life without any possibility of parole is a much better option. Let them do some productive work as prison labor.
     
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    By the way, I heard in Shahbag 'Square' communists and Awamis are having problems? Commis already thrown water bottle to Awamiminister. Is it true? @madx
     
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    Bangladeshis as a nation hate rezakars e.g. Jamatis only get 4.7% of the votes.

    Even if Jamati and rezakar thugs escape justice in this world, they will know that Bangladeshis hate them and the curses of 150 million Bangladeshis are on these murderers.

    The demonstrations in Shahbagh are testimony to the hatred Bangladesh has for Jamati/rezakar traitors.
     
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    :lol:This Shahbagh spring is nothing but a Awami League media hype. Playing with the minds of masses. Even a sister of mine visited this place and uploaded pictures on fb:lol:. hujuke bangali!
     
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    People here were talking of sympathy towards jamat. Its not that. Bangladeshi people who r in favor of independence hate jamat. Its not some amount of people its about whole bangladesh. The protest not only going in shahbagh its going all around the country.And the amount is increasing. @kobiraaz awami and commi wants to take control of the protest. But the general young ppl they have only want condition,
    "Hang the Raazakars"
     
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    The dua's of 150 million Bangladeshis are against these Jamati animals and traitors.

    1. Though they may escape justice they will face the ultimate justice as we all will in the hereafter.

    2. They have been imprisoned and humiliated, and that in itself makes me happy.

    3. They have been defeated and are living lives of anger and shame. They were defeated in 1971 when Bangladesh became independent and then in the early 70s when they lobbied against Bangladeshi independence, and every day is a day of humiliation and defeat because every day Bangladesh exists as a sovereign free nation.

    With that in mind I don't mind that much if they are executed or not as the strategic goal of freedom has been realized, and they will die sooner or later anyway.

    The dua's of 150 million Bangladeshis are against these Jamati animals and traitors.

    1. Though they may escape justice they will face the ultimate justice as we all will in the hereafter.

    2. They have been imprisoned and humiliated, and that in itself makes me happy.

    3. They have been defeated and are living lives of anger and shame. They were defeated in 1971 when Bangladesh became independent and then in the early 70s when they lobbied against Bangladeshi independence, and every day is a day of humiliation and defeat because every day Bangladesh exists as a sovereign free nation.

    With that in mind I don't mind that much if they are executed or not as the strategic goal of freedom has been realized, and they will die sooner or later anyway.
     
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    Sir madx

    Did any among the pragotishil spiritual souls gathered at Shahbagh raise a voice to protect our people from border atrocities carried out by big friend's border forces?

    Did any of them demand prosecution of the killers everyday keeping our people along border in a horrific nightmare?

    Did any of them demand the remedy of present wounds 1st rather than previous ones?

    Did any propose a procession with torch in hands towards border and a seat down strike there until govt. takes a step to protect our people from d$gs across the border?
     
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    I have to admit Planetsoldier made a good point, many of the so-called "Sushi Somaj" could care less about ordinary Bangladeshis on the border or even the Rohingyas (in fact they seem to hate both groups).

    Nevertheless any protest against rezakar traitors is welcome.
     
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    I don't get it. How do you pressurize a court to change its verdict by street protest? Is it constitutional? Or is BD a roman empire?? People chant kill kill or live live and the Cesar signals accordingly???
     
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    u may b not living in d country. There r some groups doing protests towards these issues, like border killing or deaths in recent violations.
    But todays uprise is an explosion of hatred of long time.
     
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