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BNP renews vow to restore democracy inspired by spirit of February 21

  • Rizvi says movement will continue until the fall of govt
  • Slams Awami League for 'introducing monarchy'
Update : 21 Feb 2024, 02:44 PM

The BNP on Wednesday paid homage to the 1952 Language Movement martyrs, marking Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day, vowing to continue what it calls its movement to restore democracy in Bangladesh.

Party leaders and workers, led by Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, reached the Central Shaheed Minar at around 11am after waiting for a long time and placed a wreath there.

They gathered in front of Balaka Cinema Hall at Nilkhet at 7am wearing black badges. 

Later, they first recited Surah Al-Fatihah at the graves of Language Movement martyrs at Azimpur Graveyard and then went to the Central Shaheed Minar.

Talking to reporters there, Rizvi said BNP leaders and activists are taking to the streets to restore democracy, braving all repressive acts.

“The people of the country want to speak with a loud voice without any fear, and they want to establish their rights inspired by the spirit of February 21. We are taking a vow on this day to do that following the path shown by the language martyrs,” he said.

In response to a question, Rizvi said their one-point movement has not stopped. “The movement is underway. Our movement will continue until our desired goal is achieved.”

He said they will continue the one-point movement until the fall of the government and restoration of democracy through a fair and credible election.

“Our leaders and workers are not disappointed. They are invigorated since they are fighting for truth and justice,” the BNP leader said.

Rizvi alleged that the Awami League government has snatched all rights of the people, including the freedom of expression, like the Pakistani occupation forces.

“The Awami League has introduced an absolute monarchy in Bangladesh,” he said.

The BNP leader said the people of Bangladesh have lost democracy, human rights and voting rights.

“The people of the country cannot cast their votes. They have long been demanding the right to vote in a free and fair election. Even after 53 years of Bangladesh's independence, why do we have to make this demand?” Rizvi said.

He said their party leaders and activists will carry out their struggle being imbued with the spirit of February 21 for the restoration of democracy and win people's right to vote and freedom of expression in the country.

Earlier on Tuesday, the party arranged a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, marking the day.

The BNP also kept its party and national flags at half-mast and hoisted black flags at its Naya Paltan central office at 6am in observance of the day.

Besides, the BNP’s different units across the country were also observing the day with due respect amid various programs.

February 21 is observed simultaneously as Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day in recognition of Bangalees’ supreme sacrifice to the cause of their mother tongue. In 1999, Unesco declared February 21 International Mother Language Day.

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