Autocracy resistance day observed

Our Correspondent | Published: 18:34, Feb 14,2018 | Updated: 18:46, Feb 14,2018


Former student leaders the 1980s speak at a rally after placing wreath to Shikkha Adhikar Chattar in front of Shikkha Bhaban on Wednesday. -- New Age photo

Left leaning student organisations and different socio-cultural organisations on Wednesday observed the ‘Autocracy Resistance Day’ recalling the students’ uprising of 1983 that forced the cancellation of Mazid Khan Education Commission report and forged students’ unity against the military rule of HM Ershad.

Progressive Students Alliance, a platform of left leaning student bodies, brought out a procession on Dhaka University campus marking the Day which paraded several streets of the university which followed by a short rally in front of DUCSU building.

While addressing the rally, student leaders said that the education system was on the verge of collapse and becoming a factory of producing ‘demons’ as question of public examinations are leaking continuously.

Lambasting the government, they said it utterly failed to catch the perpetrators though they leaked the question papers on different social media platforms hours before the examinations.

They further said that the ‘shameless’ education minister should awarded for his fondness to his post after leaking of seven consecutive question papers of ongoing SSC examination.

They also demanded student union polls immediately in educational institutes across the country to ensure democratic environment of education.

Earlier in the morning, the leaders of Madhya February 83 Smiriti Shanrakkhan Parishad, Bangladesh Chhatra Union, Samajtantrik Chhatra Front, Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, Samrajyabadbirodhi Chhatra Oikya and some other organisations placed wreaths at the memorial in front of the Sikkha Bhaban.

On February 14, 1983, during the martial law regime of HM Ershad, students marched towards Bangladesh Secretariat protesting against the Abdul Mazid Khan-led education commission report and for restoration of democracy.

Police fired bullets and tear shells at the procession, killing several students and injuring several hundred.

The students’ uprising in 1983 was the beginning of a movement that ultimately toppled the Ershad regime in 1990.

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