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Ganajagaran Mancha vows to continue movement

Update : 05 Feb 2014, 08:26 PM

The youth led platform “Ganajagaran Mancha” started their three-day celebration of the first anniversary of the Shahbagh movement yesterday.

On February 5 last year, the Mancha began demonstrating against an International Crimes Tribunal verdict that sentenced war criminal Quader Molla for life term.

To celebrate the first day, the Mancha decorated the Shahbagh intersection, known as “Projonmo Chattar,” as well as the adjacent roads with various photos of the initial stages of the movement. They also added colour paintings bearing various slogans and sang several Ganajagaran Songs.

Earlier on the day, they paid their tribute to the war martyrs at the National Martyrs’ Monument and central Shaheed Minar by placing wreaths.

The second part of the first day celebrations began at 3pm, as activists and visitors started to gather at the “Projonmo Chattar.” The session commenced with National Anthem, after which the activists took an oath to continue their movement until their six-point demand would be met.

Maruf Rasul, one of the organisers of the Mancha, told the Dhaka Tribune: “We are taking an oath to continue our movement until we meet these issues which include ensuring the capital punishment of all war criminals, banning of Jamaat-Shibir, isolation of all war criminals from economic, political, and social endeavours in our country, protesting the communal attacks and building Bangladesh with the spirits of the Liberation war.”

After the oath-taking, the “Jagaran Rally” began at 5pm and marched from Shahbagh to Karwan Bazaar and finished upon their return to the TSC at Dhaka University. This rally was led by Ganajagaran Mancha Convener Dr Imran H Sarkar.

The rally was addressed by, amongst others, educationist Kamal

Lohani, Hasan Imam, JNU former VC Dr Anwar Hossain, prominent personality Abed Khan and cultural activists Nasir Uddin, Yousuf Bacchu and Fakir Alamgir.

Around 7pm, the activists started to share memoirs of their activities with the Mancha throughout the last year.

The first day’s event came to a close after a cultural program performed by Udichi.

Mancha Convener Dr Imran told the Dhaka Tribune: “We have fulfilled the purposes of our movement in one year, but we are still not totally successful as we have not been able to reach our six point demands yet. However, we have gained some success like hanging of Quader Molla.

“We will continue as until our demands are met and until Bangladesh turned into a non-communal and militancy free country.”

The second day of the program will recommence at 3pm today at Shahbagh.

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