Left leaning student organisations and different socio-cultural organisations on Wednesday observed ‘Autocracy Resistance Day’ recalling the 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 fronts, brought out a procession on the Dhaka University campus marking the day, which paraded several streets of the university followed by a short rally in front of DUCSU building.
Addressing the rally, the student leaders said that the education system was on the verge of collapse and was turning into a factory of producing ‘demons’ as question of public exams were leaking every day.
Lambasting the government, they said it utterly failed to apprehend the perpetrators though they leaked the questions through announcement on different social media sites hours before the exam.
Terming the education minister ‘shameless’, they slated him for sticking to his post when questions of seven consecutive papers of the ongoing SSC examination were leaked.
They also demanded immediate election to student unions at educational institutes across the country to ensure democratic environment of education.
Earlier on the day, leaders of Madhya February 83 Smiriti Sanrakkhan 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 Sikkha Bhaban.
On February 14, 1983, during the martial law regime of HM Ershad, students marched towards Bangladesh Secretariat protesting against the 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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