Unite for stopping blockade violence
Eminent cultural personalities yesterday urged pro-liberation forces comprising people from all strata of life to unite to stop the ongoing mindless political violence holding ordinary people hostage and bleeding the economy.
Meanwhile, both factions of Gonojagoron Mancha put the blame on Jamaat-e-Islami, saying the solution was an immediate ban on its politics and that of pro-Jamaat student organisation Islami Chhatra Shibir and execution of war criminals.
The factions held separate rallies in close proximity in the capital's Shahbagh with the Imran H Sarker-led one later bringing out a candlelit procession to Dhaka University's Teacher-Student Centre.
The cultural activists, numbering around 100, were addressing a rally titled “Build cultural resistance and stop terrorism, anarchy, violence and killing” organised by Sammilita Sangskritik Jote on the Central Shaheed Minar premises.
They rendered songs and held a one minute's silence for those who died in the violence. The jote announced organising candlelit vigils in the country's shaheed minars on January 27.
Venting anger at political parties over the arson, vandalism and sabotage, the activists said it must be ensured that the spirit of the Liberation War triumphs over anti-liberation forces which were going all-out to disrupt the country's march towards progress.
Blaming the country's two major political parties for the suffering people are facing, Ramendu Majumder said, “Politicians treat people as the most insignificant entity.
“The country is going to be depoliticised… a third party might emerge in power and destroy the Liberation War's spirit.”
The jote President Golam Quddus said the violence must be brought to an end with “an iron hand”.
Recalling the 2013 countrywide violence centring war crimes trial verdicts, Nasir Uddin Yousuff said cultural activists must lead the fight.