The youths at Shahbagh Square took their non-stop movement into its 10th straight day on Thursday, vowing afresh that they will not return home until their demand is met.
Refreshed with Falgun spirit, the young demonstrators started the day’s programmes with rendering the national anthem together at 6am and then delivered their speeches as they did for over a week. Since then, they have been singing songs and chanting slogans with their one demand – death for war criminals.
Students from different educational institutions and other organisations expressed their solidarity with the protestors’ demand as the previous days.
In the morning, Ex-cadet Community, Sammilito Muktijudda Forum, Notre Dame College, Cambrian School and
College, Dhaka Metropolitan Women College, Birdem General Hospital Association and World Religion and Culture Department of Dhaka University expressed their solidarity with the ongoing protest.
Meanwhile, their scheduled countrywide candle-lightening progrogramme will be observed at 7 pm to reinforce their demand for execution of all the war criminals, including Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah.
The mass uproar at Shahbagh broke out just hours after the verdict against Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah when an online activists’ group, Blogger and Online Activists Network (BOAN), gave a call through online social networks to wage protests against the verdict.
On February 5, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah, assistant general secretary of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, to life term in jail for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB)