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Historic Mass Upsurge Day observed

  • Published at 08:46 pm January 24th, 2021
Historic Mass Upsurge day
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On January 24 1969, Matiur Rahman Mallik, a standard 9 student of the Nabakumar Institution, and Rustam Ali, a rickshaw-puller, were killed in the midst of police firing on demonstrators in Dhaka as the Pakistani rulers desperately tried to suppress the popular uprising

The historic Mass Upsurge Day was observed today in Bangladesh commemorating the 1969 movement for autonomy from the then East Pakistan. The movement eventually led to the Liberation War and emergence of Bangladesh in 1971.

On January 24 1969, Matiur Rahman Mallik, a standard 9 student of the Nabakumar Institution, and Rustam Ali, a rickshaw-puller, were killed in the midst of police firing on demonstrators in Dhaka as the Pakistani rulers desperately tried to suppress the popular uprising.

The killings spread intense protests across the country that eventually saw the fall of the Ayub regime.

At that time, the mass upsurge compelled the autocratic Ayub regime to release the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and others from jail.

It is said that the day teaches Bangladeshis the values of democracy and protest against oppression.

Marking the day, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote paid tribute to 1969 martyr Matiur Rahman by placing wreaths at his monument at Nabakumar Institute at Bakshibazar in Dhaka at 9:30am. 

Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote Vice President and artist of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra Rafiqul Alam, Advisor Lion Chitto Ranjan Das, General Secretary Arun Sarker Rana and organizing secretaries Shahnoor, MA Karim and Dipaboli Dipa were present on the occasion, among others.

Later, a discussion was held at Nabakumar Institute with Lion Chitto Ranjan Das in the chair.

Earlier on Saturday, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion, expressing profound respect for those who had embraced martyrdom in the historic movement in 1969.

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