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Freedom Fighters’ families block Shahbagh again

  • Published at 01:11 am February 9th, 2019
Freedom fighter descendants
Freedom fighter descendants stage a demonstration to reinstate 30% quota in government jobs in Shahbagh on Friday Focus Bangla

The demonstrators initially said they would not leave without PM’s assurance, however, left the street around 9:30pm

An organization of freedom fighters’ family members blocked Shahbagh intersection on Friday to press their six-point demand, including reinstatement of 30% quota facilities in government jobs.

Around 200 protesters, under the banner of “Muktijoddhar Shontan O Projonmo,” blocked the busy intersection in front of the National Museum at 4:30pm.

They initially announced that they would not leave without Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s assurance.

The demonstrators, however, left the street around 9:30pm.

They shouted slogans and lit fires on the road, blocking traffic from all directions.

The quota for freedom fighters’ descendants was dissolved last year facing country wide demonstrations from quota reformers.

Their other demands include: ensuring punishment of those defamed the Father of the Nation, his family members and freedom fighters; confiscating the property of war criminals and anti-Liberation War forces, disqualifying their children for government jobs and terminating those currently in service; ensuring freedom fighters’ constitutional recognition and enacting their family protection law, and proportionately increasing the age limit of the children and descendants of freedom fighters for government jobs.