Bangladesh is once again engaged in its liberation war and like then (1971). The Shahbag area — the epicenter of the protests — has been now christened as “Projonmo Chottor”; the place of protest against the war criminal and overall corruption of Bangladesh, the place where people protested through different cultural performance and movement. Shahbag Square in Dhaka had a festive look, with people holding various cultural events as part of the protest. Groups within the throng sit in circles, singing, reciting poems. Slogan is all over the crowd.
Today, every Bangladeshi has every reason to feel proud of his heritage and of his land and of himself. Our young people have reclaimed history, have seized back from the denizens of hell the land of their ancestors. Let the trumpets sound. Let the flag sing to the heavens. The movement began on February 05, soon after Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Mollah was sentenced to life in prison for rape, killing and genocide in 1971 during country’s liberation war. People became angry on seeing the image of Mollah smiling and holding up two fingers in a “V” sign as he was led from the court. The Shahbag Mass Movement of Bangladesh, with the demand of capital punishment for Abdul Quader Mollah and all the other accused war criminals of the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh. Abdul Quader Mollah was charged with abetting the Pakistani army; actively participating in the 1971 atrocities in Bangladesh; rape (including the rape of minors); and mass murder of Bangladeshis in the Mirpur area of Dhaka during the Liberation War of Bangladesh. The many grievous atrocities committed by Abdul Quader Mollah during the liberation war earned him the nickname of butcher of Mirpur. On February 5, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah to life in prison after he was proved guilty in five out of the six charges against him. Within hours of the verdict, mass...
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