Police on Thursday stopped the marchers of Left Democratic Alliance at Shahbagh as they began their march towards the Prime Minister’s Office from the National Press Club in the capital protesting against the government decision of closing the state owned jute mills of the country.
LDA, a combine of eight left leaning political parties, began the march after holding a rally in front of the National Press Club around noon.
Police stopped the marchers in front of Zia Shishu Park at Shahbagh and the marchers sat on the street and held a protest rally there.
The coordinator of the combine, also central leader of the Socialist Party of Bangladesh, Bazlur Rashid Firoz, called on the government to refrain from privatising the state owned jute mills and warned that they would announce tougher movement programmes if their demands were not met.
Ganosamhati Andolan chief coordinator Zonayed Saki said that the government was going to privatising the mills to fulfil the interests of the ruling party men and the looters.
Joint general secretary of Communist Party of Bangladesh Sajjad Zahir Chandan said that handing over of the state owned jute mills in private sector would be suicidal for the jute sector of the country.
Democratic Revolutionary Party general secretary Mushrefa Mishu called on the government to control corruption in the jute mills and modernising the machineries.
Bazlur Rashid Firoz announced next programmes of the combine to press home their demands that also included saving people’s lives and livelihoods.
The rally at Shahbagh was addressed, among others, by SPB (Marxist) central leader Manas Nandi, United Communist League central leader Nazrul Islam and Samajtantrik Andolan convener Hamidul Haque.
The Barishal district unit of Jatiya Sramik Federation formed a human chain in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall in Barishal city protesting against the government decision.
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