Dhaka protestors to hold rally

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 07:50 hrs

Dhaka, Feb 25 (IANS) Protestors seeking the death penalty for war criminals plan to hold a rally here as their demonstration entered its 21st day Monday.

The rally will be held in Mirpur area of the capital, thedailystar.net reported.

Since Monday morning, people from different walks of life began to throng the Shahbagh intersection, popularly known as Projonmo Chattar.

The youth chanted revolutionary slogans.

The movement began Feb 5, 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.

Bloggers and Online Activist Network initiated the protest that soon turned into a mass movement.

Thousands of demonstrators Sunday took out a procession in the capital to protest the countrywide daylong shutdown called by eight Islamist parties.

On Feb 21, the demonstrators had held a huge rally, demanding capital punishment to all war criminals, including Mollah.

On March 26, 1971, the people of then East Pakistan began a military campaign against Pakistani armed forces following largescale killings of civilians opposed to Islamabad.

The civil war led to the eventual India-Pakistan war in December 1971, leading to the break-up of Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh.

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