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Victory Day Rally

A wake-up call for restoring democracy: BNP

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said their Victory Day procession was a wake-up call for the countrymen to restart people’s struggle for ‘restoring’ democracy in the country.

The BNP spokesperson came up with the statement while addressing the party’s victory procession organised on Sunday, marking the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence and the Victory Day.

"Come, let’s make a good introduction through this rally through which we can free our leader Khaleda Zia and ensure her better treatment. It is a rally through which we will establish a democratic state in true sense through restoring the democracy and to restore the rights of the people of the country,” he said.

Mirza Fakhrul alleged that the incumbent Awami League government remains in power forcibly through using the state machinery.

“Unfortunately, after 50 years of our independence we are seeing that we have become helpless as they (the government) have destroyed everything we achieved, sovereignty of the country, independence. They have also snatched away our voting rights, freedom of right and freedom of speech,” he said.

“Despite repeated appeals, the government is not making any arrangements for her better treatment. They (government) also have destroyed the democracy which she (Khaleda Zia) had restored by struggle," the BNP leader said.

The victory rally began at about 2:30pm from in front of the BNP's central office at Nayapaltan. The rally ended at the party's central office premises after parading Kakrail and Shantinagar crossing.

After ending the victory day procession, Mirza Fakhrul said, “Today, the presence of tens of thousands of people in the procession proves that the country’s people want to see release of Khaleda Zia and to send her abroad for treatment immediately. People also want democracy and freedom of speech.”

He said they will continue their movement until realizing their demands.

“Now our victory journey has started through this victory procession. We will establish democracy and people’s government through defeating Sheikh Hasina,” the BNP secretary general said.

Thousands of leaders and activists of the party and its associate bodies started gathering in front of its Nayapaltan central office and its adjacent areas with small processions since noon, causing traffic congestion and public sufferings in the capital.

Led by the BNP senior leaders, leaders and activists of different units of the party, its front and associate organisations joined the rally carrying the national flag, placards, banners and portraits of party top leaders—Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman and the party founder Ziaur Rahman.

In the rally, BNP leaders and activists shouted slogans demanding their Khaleda’s treatment abroad.

A makeshift podium was set on a truck at the party's central office premises at Nayapaltan for brief addresses before bringing out the Victory Day rally.

Meanwhile, stringent security measures were taken around BNP's central office over the Victory Day rally as additional police were deployed at different points of Nayapaltan area, sources said.

BNP senior leaders including Dr Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, Shamsuzzaman Dudu, Ahmad Azam Khan, Amanullah Aman, Abdus Salam and Habibur Rahman Habib were also present at the programme.