Mentioning that the country is going through a difficult time now, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “Once again, there is a situation of mass uprising like ’69 in the country.” We have to take the disenfranchised people out on the streets again. The chain of misrule of dictatorship must be broken.
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He made the remarks in a statement sent to the media on Sunday (January 23rd) ahead of the historic January 24th Mass Uprising Day.
Mirza Fakhrul said, “Historic mass uprising day is a significant and important day in our national life.” On this day in 1969, the strong unity of the students and the masses turned the long movement against the dictatorship into a mass uprising. The students and masses united to build a strong resistance on the streets against the exploitation and oppression of the West. The movement to regain the lost rights of the people of this country for a long time resulted in a mass uprising on this day in ’69. This struggle of the people of East Pakistan against the military dictatorship was a warning against all dictatorships in the world.
He said that with the fall of the dictatorship in ’69, the door to democracy and freedom was opened. But even though almost half a century has passed since independence, the present authoritarian government of the country is hurting the people by carrying out misrule like the colonial masters. At present, the people have no civil liberties, human dignity, and the right to speak freely. Today, there is no guarantee of getting out of the house and returning home safely.
The BNP secretary general said, “People’s Uprising Day is our source of inspiration for the protection of democracy and fundamental rights of the citizens of the country.” I pay my deep respects to the memory of the heroic martyrs of various democratic movements including the mass movement of 1971. I pray for the forgiveness of their souls.
One of the major milestones of the Bengali nation’s independence movement was the mass uprising of 1969. The mass uprising took place in the context of the 7-point demand of the nation’s liberation charter for the freedom-loving oppressed people and later the 11-point program given by the student society. After the suicide of Shaheed Amanullah Asaduzzaman (known as Shaheed Asad), the hero of the mass uprising on January 20, 1969, he mourned on January 21, 22, and 23. Then on 24 January, a mass uprising of all levels took place in Dhaka.