Noor Hossain Day will be observed today to remind the supreme sacrifice made by the young campaigner for democracy who was shot dead by police at Zero Point in the capital on November 10 in 1987.
Noor Hossain caught the imagination of the nation with the slogans ‘Down with autocracy’ written on his bare chest and ‘Let democracy be free’ on his bare back.
He was in a demonstration against the autocratic ruler Hussein Muhamad Ershad when the police shot him dead.
His death added momentum to the movement for democracy which eventually turned into a popular uprising that led to the fall of Ershad on December 6 in 1990.
Political parties and socio-cultural organisations have been observing the day ever since as Shaheed Noor Hossain Day.
Different political parties and social and cultural organisations would place wreaths at Noor Hossain Square and on his grave at Jurain in the city, marking the day.
The Bangladesh Awami League, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and left leaning political parties will place wreath at Noor Hossain Square at Zero Point at 7:00am.
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