Democracy Day today

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:19, Dec 06,2019


Democracy Day will be observed in the country today, marking the fall of autocratic ruler HM Ershad in 1990.

Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations have taken various programmes to mark the day.

On December 6, 1990, military dictator Ershad stepped down in the face of a mass upsurge and handed over power to a caretaker government.

This ended his nine years of autocratic rule which began through grabbing power in a coup toppling the government of Justice Abdus Sattar on March 24, 1982.

Ershad was forced to step down amid protests, mainly by students. He died on July 14 this year when he was the leader of the opposition in parliament and the chairman of Jatiya Party.

Leaders of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union and All Party Students’ Unity in 1990 will hold a discussion at National Press Club today.

On the eve of the day, prime minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir issued messages greeting the people and recalling the supreme sacrifice of many democracy-loving people during the anti-autocrat movement.

In her message, the prime minister said ‘the 6th December is the day of freedom of democracy. It is a significant day in the history of restoring democracy,’ reported Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.

‘We struggled for long to restore democracy and voting rights of the people,’ she said.

In his message, BNP secretary general paid tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice for the cause of democracy, and prayed for eternal peace of their departed souls. 

He said though the enemies of democracy were ousted on December 6, 1990, they were not sitting idle now and because of that uncompromising leader of that movement Khaleda Zia was now kept in jail.

He vowed to restore democracy and freeing Khaleda by defeating autocracy.

Ershad’s party, Jatiya Party, observes the day as ‘Constitution Protection Day’ and the party would hold a discussion at its Banani office in Dhaka to mark the day.

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