Mass Anti Jamaat Rally In Dhaka

The anti-Jamaat Mass Rally in Shahbag Square

We are now in day 5 of the ongoing anti-Jamaat rallies that have swept Bangladesh, with the largest one attracting more than 200,000 protesters in Dhaka.

Hundreds of thousands of people rallied Friday in Bangladesh’s capital to demand executions for people convicted of war crimes involving the nation’s independence war in 1971.

The protesters in Dhaka urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to review a verdict sentencing a senior leader of Jamaat-e-Islami to life in prison for killings and other crimes.

The protesters said the life term was not enough as Abdul Quader Mollah was found by a tribunal guilty of five charges, including playing a role in the killing of 381 unarmed civilians.

The government will appeal the sentence. A defence lawyer says they will also appeal seeking an acquittal for Mollah, whose verdict is the second after Hasina came to power through a 2008 election and formed a tribunal to try those suspected of war crimes during the war. Both sides have 30 days to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The life sentence comes after a former party member was sentenced to death last month.

The exact number of the protesters was difficult to know but streets near Dhaka University were filled with 1971 fighters, students, political activists, teachers and people from various walks of life. Some organizers put the number at up to 200,000, and Anjan Roy, a television talk show moderator who lost more than a dozen family members and relatives in 1971, told The Associated Press that more than 100,000 joined the rally.

Hours after Tuesday’s verdict by an International Crimes Tribunal, protesters burst into the street, denouncing the verdict. They have been protesting non-stop since while planning for Friday’s mass rally.

Many of the younger protesters said they were not happy with the verdict.

“We will not return home unless we get justice, complete justice,” said Shakil Ahmed, a college student. “I did not see 1971, but those who killed our people and helped Pakistani troops in their effort to halt the creation of Bangladesh should be hanged,” he said.

 

Jubilant Anti-Jamaat Rally

Says blogger, Kazi Sudipto:

“While the International War Crimes Tribunal is making their decision for war criminals of 1971, the young generation has engaged themselves on a tremendous protest against the war criminals , Jamat-e-islami and Islami chattro shibir . Thousands of people are roaring against them at Shahbag”

Here is a video of the one of the largest popular protests in the Bangladesh’s 42 year history:

“We want the death verdict of the War Criminals” they chant. This is public opinion and they said that the War Crimes Tribunal had no public mandate.

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7 Comments

  1. Salauddin Chamcha
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:22 AM | Permalink

    I am glad that Bangladesh can be made into a Jamaat-free zone.

    Soon we will be able to tell each other this joke.

    Q: How many Jamaat supporters will die if you drop a bomb on Bangladesh?
    A: None. They’re all in England

  2. ala uddin
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM | Permalink

    sounds like a Nazi rally. Lets kill all the Jamatis.

    These shahbaggers are a joke as exposed by bengali bloggers on the ground: http://alalodulal.org/2013/02/10/the-meaning-of-shahbagh-er-more/

  3. Salauddin Chamooch
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 1:04 PM | Permalink

    Not all Jamaatis. Only the leaders who led people to loot, murder and rape hundreds of thousands of people in 1971.

    They deserve whatever maximum punishment the law of the land delivers. In this case, the noose.

  4. ala uddin
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 2:11 PM | Permalink

    keep telling yourself that. That’s why protestors are putting up signs saying: “we’ve got the razakars, what about their children?”. very nice

    http://www.opendemocracy.net/opensecurity/mahin-khan/laws-of-passion-shahbag-protests

  5. Salauddin Chamooch
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 3:20 PM | Permalink

    If you can’t take the public anger, don’t do the genocide.

  6. Mansoor
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 3:40 PM | Permalink

    I don’t see the pro-Jamaat supporters of Abdul Qader Mollah and his gang running off to Saudi Arabia to protest capital punishment used to hang homosexuals and murderers.

    But now that one of their number is has been given a life term in prison for barbaric crimes against humanity they want leniency. And when the Bangladeshi public resoundingly call for his hanging, they are suddenly growing liberal values. Nice.

  7. Mo
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 11:03 PM | Permalink

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