Wednesday, March 27, 2013
EXPATRIATE BANGLADESHIS DEMAND DEATHS TO WAR CRIMINALS
A group of Bangladeshi expatriates demonstrate in
It said Bangladeshi expatriates staged rallies in around 40 cities across the world simultaneously demanding death penalty to war criminals. The rallies were held expressing solidarity with the Shahbagh movement that began on February 5 demanding capital punishment to war criminals.
The report said such rallies were held in nearly two dozen cities in the
, the country that sided with United States in opposing Pakistan 's independence. Bangladesh
, such rallies were organised
in USA , in Canada Europe, in , in Australia Asia and in Cape Town of South
Africa. Organized by expatriate Bangladeshi students, Bangladeshi
expatriates from different walks of life took part in the rallies.
The organizers said they were working to create awareness in favour of war crimes trials.
Two International Crime Tribunal are trying 11 war criminals and so far announced verdict of three accused persons.
Meanwhile the peaceful mass movement that began on February 5 at Shahbagh in the city by youths demanding capital punishment to all war criminals entered 49th day today .The movement resumed its activities at Shahbagh in the afternoon after some days of holding rallies away from here in different parts of the city and also outside the capital.
The organizers of the movement had on February 21 announced a six point charter of demand that included taking legal steps by the government for banning politics of Jamaat and Shibir by March 26. But so far there is no concrete action from the government in this regard even though ruling party leaders favor such ban. Organizers of Shahbagh Ganojagaron Mancha are focusing on building up new networks and strengthen old ones and spread the movement upto grassroots to realize their demand.
Earlier in the morning Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina renewed her determination to finish the war crimes trials regardless of all the hurdles.“The country must be free from this disgrace. We will do that by trying the war criminals,” she told a function to honour people for their contributions in different field. Expressing her belief in tackling all kinds of challenge in this field she spoke of her confidence in finishing the trials of the suspected war criminals to ‘free the nation from the taint’. “Many attempts are being carried out to obstruct these trials,” Hasina said referring to various agitational program being enforced by BNP and Jamaat.
She also showed gratitude towards the neighbouring and friendly countries including
who had assisted India in many ways during the 1971
Liberation War. It was Bangladesh which gave shelter to nearly one crore
Bangladeshis who fled to save from the atr5ocities of the occupation army and
their collaborators- the Razakars. India
“Today is March 25. The Pakistani occupation forces had attacked the innocent, unarmed Bengalis on the dark night of March
25 in 1971. They killed people
indiscriminately. And then Bangabandhu [Sheikh Mujibur Rahman] declared
independence in the wee hours of March 26. We achieved independence on December
16 after fighting for nine months,” she added.