People losing freedom of expression, says discussion 

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:34, Jan 22,2021


The people of the country were always vocal critics of social odds and misdeeds of the government, but they have been losing their freedom of expression for last 12 years of the rule of the present government, complained teachers and students at a speech contest in Dhaka on Thursday. 

They stressed the unity of the youths to free the country from all undemocratic and evil forces.

Addressing the competition on ‘the youth’s thoughts about Bangladesh’ organised by Chhatra Odhikar Parishad in association with Prabasi Odhikar Parishad at the prishands’ Purana Paltan office, they alleged that the ruling party leads the country with the spirit that goes against the spirit of liberation war.

Dhaka University law professor Asif Nazrul said that military dictator Ersahd had to quit power in 1990 and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party government had to step down in 1996 for their wrongdoings in holding ‘disgusting type of’ elections as people could protest then and they compelled the governments to stand down.

‘But we have been witnessing a peculiar type of elections for 12 years. These elections are being held at the night prior to the election date,’ he said.

He stressed the need of protest against all the misdeeds, being inspired with the ‘proper spirit’ of liberation war.

Those who snatched away the people’s rights to vote, laundered people’s money, indulge in corruption and bribery, threw people in discrimination, fostered sectarianism, followed a subservient foreign policy without upholding the country’s interests are the biggest enemies of the spirit of liberation war, he said.

Addressing as the programme, spokesperson of the parishads Nurul Haque Nur alleged that the AL-government had confused the spirit of the liberation war with the snatching of people’s right to vote.

The country has no rule of law now and the AL had been leading the country towards a one-party ruling system, he said.

Dhaka University teacher Robayet Ferdous, lawyers Shahimum Reza Talukder and Khadimul Islam, and writer Zakaria Palash were present as the judges in the competition.

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