Jamaat ban demand rocks capital

Police intercepted the procession of activists of 23 pro-liberation organisations near Matshya Bhaban as they tried to march towards Jatiya Press Club Saturday morning. Photo: TV grab

Activists of 23 pro-liberation organisations, which are observing a 24-hour hartal (shutdown) since Friday evening, staged a demonstration at Matsya Bhaban in the capital opposing Hefajat-e Islam’s long march towards Dhaka and demanding a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami.

Over 300 people, led by Sammilito Sangskritik Jote President Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu, brought out the procession from Teachers-Students Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University at 9:55am Saturday.

The participants carried a huge national flag as they marched through the city, touching High Court intersection.

The procession reached near Matsya Bhaban around 10:20am.

As the participants tried to march towards the Jatiya Press Club, police intercepted them.

The processionists later began a rally at Matsya Bhaban area, which continued till 12:45pm.

They sang rebellious and patriotic songs during the rally. Leaders of the organisations and different TV personalities also addressed the rally.

While addressing the rally, actor Ramendu Mazumder called upon general people to take to the streets against the destructive fundamental forces, which have been united.

“If public join us, our victory is must,” he said.

The activists of 23 pro-liberation organisations later ended the rally at Shahbagh.

Source: The Daily Star