The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has vowed to continue movement for ‘restoration of democracy’ and releasing party chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
BNP men took the vow while celebrating their party’s 41st founding anniversary on Monday. Marking the day, they took out a colourful procession in the capital.Hundreds of leaders and activists of the party, its front and associate organisations assembled in front of its Nayapaltan central office and adjacent areas in small processions.
Led by their central leaders, BNP men took out a procession that paraded various streets of the capital. During the procession, they carried the national flag, placards, banners, festoons and portraits of their top leaders. At that time, law enforcers protected them.
They chanted various slogans seeking release of their party chairperson, Khaleda Zia.
Earlier, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir inaugurated the procession by holding a rally in front of the party’s Nayapaltan central office around 3:30pm.
Mirza Fakhrul said: “If we want to free Khaleda Zia and bring back Tarique Rahman in the country then we shall have to wage a greater anti-government movement for the ouster of ‘autocrats’ and ‘fascists.’ At that time, he queried: “Do you (leaders and activists) agree to it?” “Are you ready to ‘sacrifice’ yourself during street agitation?”
Drawing his attention to party leaders and activists, he said: “BNP will free Khaleda Zia and ‘restore’ democracy through ‘peaceful’ movement.”