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Dhaka Tribune

City people enjoy a peaceful day after a long time

Update : 16 Dec 2013, 08:03 PM

The People of Dhaka city enjoyed a different and peaceful day yesterday, celebrating the 43rd Victory Day of Bangladesh.

City residents of different ages and professions came out of their homes to celebrate the memorable day. People visited the national parade ground at the old airport, attended cultural events, and went to different parks and shopping malls; leading to huge crowds across the city.

City dwellers had been panicked because of the political unrest. They were fearful of coming out due to the oppositions’ violence which included setting fire to vehicles, hurling petrol bombs – and cocktail bombs – at public transport, vandalising public property, and blockading roads whilst demanding a caretaker government.

However, the scenario in the capital was totally different yesterday. The opposition parties did not wage any political movements. Moreover, security was strengthened in the city.

Different cultural organisations performed music, dance, literature recitals and street theatre. The festivities were spread across several venues including the Central Shaheed Minar, Rabindra Sorobor, Shaheed Buddhijibi Smriti Soudha Mancha, Mirpur, TSC, Dhaka University and Shishu Academy.

Although government and private offices were closed for the public holiday, most of city’s shopping hubs and footpath shops were open without any fear of attack by pickets. Vehicles were available, so there were tailbacks on a few roads in the capital.

Umme Habiba, a class four student of Shahid Anowar Girls School, came to the old airport parade ground to watch the Victory day parade. Habiba said: “My final exams finished in the last month, but I did not visit anywhere afterwards because of the political unrest. So I am very happy to have the chance to come here freely today.”

Kamal Uddin, a vendor at Purana Paltan said: “I have not been able to run my business since the blockade started. During hartals and blockades we are scared to open our shops, but today has been a satisfactory day. I hope the situation continues in future.”

Meanwhile, vehicle drivers and street vendors expressed delight at the violence-free day. The people who run business at the entrance and exit points of the capital have been facing hard times during the blockades, as the number of customers, mainly inter-district passengers, dropped significantly.  

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