The Shaheed Noor Hossain Day, commemorating the martyrdom of a young pro-democracy activist during the anti-Ershad movement in the late 80s, was observed on Friday in a befitting manner.
Different socio-political organisations chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day.
Programmes included paying tributes by Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party to the martyr by placing wreaths at the Noor Hossain Square.
The Zero Point in the capital’s Gulistan area was renamed as Noor Hossain Chattar after the young activist was gunned down near it by police on November 10, 1987.
Meanwhile, president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion.
In his message, Abdul Hamid recalled with gratitude the supreme sacrifice of Noor Hossain to restore democracy in the country.
He also said that the Shaheed Noor Hossian’s sacrifice did not go in vain when democracy was restored in the country in 1990.
The president expressed the hope that all would continue their efforts to uphold the advancement of the country’s democracy, which was achieved through the sacrifices of lives of courageous people like Noor Hossain.
In her message, Sheikh Hasina recalled that Noor Hossain had joined a procession of the Awami League-led 15-party Oikya Jote as part of the anti-autocracy movement on this day in 1987.
On November 10, 1987, Noor Hossain was killed in police firing for staging a protest against the autocratic rule of the then Lieutenant General HM Ershad at Zero Point by painting the historic slogan ‘Ganatantra Mukti Pak, Swairachar Nipat Jak’ (Let democracy be freed, down with autocracy) on his back and chest.
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