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We have been observing this great outpouring of young people in the square with candle lights, placards, bandanas chanting “death to Kader Mollah”, “blood wanted; blood wanted”, “hang war criminals” and “ban Jamaat, Shibir”. Many observers were watching this scene and trying analyzing it in perspective. We will also try to do it here in […]

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Mass dissatisfaction

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A huge protest in the capital against an Islamist party and its leaders THEY are the biggest rallies in Bangladesh for at least two decades. Hundreds of thousands of protesters gather peacefully each day in Dhaka, the capital, demanding vengeance against a bearded political figure, Abdul Quader Mollah. Their numbers swell daily: ordinary people furious […]

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Anu Muhammad The Shahbag protest, demanding the death sentence for the war criminals of 1971’s independence war, began on February 5, 2013. The protest welcomed diverse groups, despite their distinct identities and, through its inclusive nature, demonstrated that the sun is finally rising on Bangladesh. It appears that things are slowly beginning to change in […]

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Shafi Huq “My simple appeal is that do not allow blind nationalism and mistaken perceptions to lead you to deny even the most fundamental rights of your fellow citizens.” This was the last advice of Mohammad Afzal, a Kashimiri Muslim, while on death row. He was accused of being involved in India’s parliament blasts and […]

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William Gomes #Shahbag is a stereotype of a movement for a select few… (YORK, UK) – Bangladesh badly needs reorganization of the industrial, economic life and consequently also of the entire structure of society. Bangladesh has root and reasons for a bottom-up, social revolution, which will reorganize all of society. People of Bangladesh are sandwiched […]

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A Week In Shahbagh

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“I will never agree on the death penalty for anyone…If it is handed down for a convicted war criminal, I’ll continue to work so that it is commuted to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole or Presidential clemency. Confiscate their property and compensate their victims, and let their children find their way out of […]

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Anushay Hossain It is over a week now that crowds refuse to die down in Shahbagh Square in the heart of Dhaka, Bangladesh. While most of the “western media” has either ignored the swelling numbers of ordinary Bangladeshis joining the movement, others have wrongly labeled it as a mass demand for capital punishment. This is […]

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We still don’t know exactly how many of Swapna’s coworkers were killed at the Tazreen Fashions factory on November 24, 2012. She was sewing shorts—“half-pants,” they’re called in Bangladesh—when on the ground floor piles of yarn and acrylic fabric began to burn. She had just become pregnant by her husband, Mominul, who worked in the […]

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Sadeq Khan The country has gone through a punishing couple of days of hartal and violent disturbance, during and following the day when the “International Crimes Tribunal” of Bangladesh delivered its second judgment on February 5 against a political leader charged with “crimes against humanity” committed during the liberation war of 1971. The first judgment […]

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The Shahbagh Chottor now fondly called “the Projonmo Square” sounds and looks like a people’s movement mainly by the young people of many walks of life and political beliefs. Their slogan started with the capital punishment for the defendants found guilty by the ICT. Their demand that the laws be changed to hang Kader Mollah, […]

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Ben Groundwater The first shock is the visa cost: $145. One hundred and forty-five? To get into Bangladesh? You’d think they’d be trying to encourage visitors, not scare them off. But that’s how much it costs to visit Bangladesh. OK, you can wear that, it’s not so much in the grand scheme of international travel. […]

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  While claiming resonances with Tahrir Square and the Arab Spring, the vindictive protest gathering begun in Dhaka’s Shahbag crossing is far from a movement for a just and noble cause  Thousands have gathered across Bangladesh in protest across several cities. Images of the freedom movements of the Middle East are evoked, but this is […]

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