Shahbagh turns into human sea

The city's Shahbagh intersection turned into a human sea as the sit-in gained momentum with the spontaneous participation of thousands of people from all walks of life on Thursday.
Thousands of people under the banner of 'Bloggers and Online Activist Network' began their activities with national anthem around 8:00am for the third consecutive day demanding capital punishment to all war criminals including Jamaat assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Mollah.
People of all strata started the agitation since Tuesday afternoon shortly after the International Crimes Tribunal-2 gave life sentence to the Jamaat leader.
Students of Dhaka College, members of Sammilito Krira Paribar joined the agitation today expressing solidarities with the protest.
Arif Khan Joy, a former national footballer who joined the programme, said that people had to wait for the judgement for 42 years. But the verdict could not fulfill their expectations, he said.

The former soccer captain further said, "I could not join the Liberation War as I was underage. But I came to Shahbagh with the sprit of independence," he said.
"We want death penalty of all Razakars," said cultural activist Rokeya Prachi at Shahbagh.
The protesters also were chanting various anti-Jamaat-Shibir slogans since morning.
They were also singing patriotic songs to gear up the protest.
Huge jam has been created on the roads that lead to Shahbagh as police put barricades in front of Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, Aziz Super Market and Institute of Fine Arts to avert any untoward incident.
Office and school going people had to face immense sufferings on their way to destinations in the morning due to the traffic congestion.
Different political parties, including ruling Awami League and its student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League, Jubo League Workers' Party of Bangladesh, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) and Ganotantrik Bam Morcha expressed their solidarity with the protest and joined the programme on Tuesday.
The organisers announced to hold a grand rally there on Friday and invited student and youth organisations from all parts of the country to join the programme.
However, nobody from the main opposition BNP and its student wing, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, are taking part in the rally.
The spirit of the protest also spread to other parts of the country.
RAJSHAHI UNIVERSITY
Hundreds of teachers, students and employees at Rajshahi University (RU) started agitating on the campus since Thursday morning over the same demand, reports a RU correspondent.
Hundreds of general students and activists of different cultural and political organisations held rallies, formed human chains and staged sit-in programmes at Tukitaki Chattar on the campus.
The protesters also chanted various anti-Jamaat-Shibir slogans.
They also vowed to continue their agitation until their demand is met.
RU progressive teacher’s society (PTS), Kendrio Sangskritk Jote, BCL and a forum of general students jointly organised the protest programme.
MANIKGANJ
People from all walks of life staged a sit-in on Dhaka-Aricha highway near Manikganj bus stand, reports our Manikganj correspondent.
Over five hundred protesters including freedom fighters, politicians and socio-cultural activists took part in the one-hour programme spontaneously from 11:30am.
Addressing the sit-in, speakers threatened to go for tougher agitation if their voices remain unheard.
PIROJPUR
Few hundred people including freedom fighters and other cultural organisations held a sit-in on the main road of the town demanding capital punishment to all war criminals including Mollah, reports our Pirojpur correspondent.
They also put barricade on road since 1:00pm to press home their demand.

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Anika Devi received her Bachelor’s degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University in 2012. She began freelancing for Business Solutions BD in 2010 and joined the team as a staff writer three years later. She currently serves as the assistant editor.
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