Autocracy Resistance Day today

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:34, Feb 14,2020


Student organisations will observe Resistance Day against Autocracy today recalling the campus uprising of 1983 that forced the cancellation of the Mazid Khan Education Commission report and forged students unity against the military rule of HM Ershad.

Dhaka University students on this day in 1983 brought out a large procession against the martial law regime. At least two student activists were killed in police shooting and hundreds were injured.

The sacrifice of the martyrs of the mid-February 1983 is yet to bring any result as the students demanded for democracy and a uniform school education affordable for all, said the former student leaders.

The police in February 14-15, 1983 reportedly killed and abducted at least 50 activists, including students.

Protesters said that bodies of many of the martyrs were not handed over to the families and they had the bodies of a few, including Joynal, Dipali, Mozammel and Ayub.

The students’ uprising in 1983 was the beginning of a movement that ultimately toppled the Ershad regime in 1990, said former student leaders.

Maddhya February ’83 Smriti Shanrakkhan Parisad and left-democratic student organisations will observe the 35th anniversary of the day today and pay homage to the Shikkha and Ganatantra Smriti Stambha in Dhaka, a release said on Tuesday.

Fourteen progressive and left-wing student organisations launched the campus-based movement in September 1982, which later turned into a combined movement to realise 10-point demands, including cancellation of the Mazid Khan Education Commission report, implementation of a pro-people and single-track education system and establishment of a democratic and secular political system.

The organisations those launched the movement included then three factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League backed by Awami League, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League, Bangladesh Chhatra Union backed by Communist Party of Bangladesh, Biplabi Chhatra Maitree backed by the erstwhile Communist League, Chhatra Oikya Forum, Bangladesh Chhatra Samiti backed by National Awami Party, Biplabi Chhatra Union and Jatiya Chhatra Union.

Samajtantrik Chhatra Front, Biplabi Chhatra Maitree, Bangladesh Juba Union and Bangladesh Chhatra Union have taken programmes to mark the day today.

Bangladesh Juba Union in a press release issued Thursday urged people not to forget the day as businesses put in their all efforts to glamorise and celebrate the Valentine’s Day today.

The press release said that the organisation would place wreath at the memorial near Curzon Hall at 8:00am in memory of the martyrs of 1983.

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