Fakhrul again labels BNP chief Khaleda Zia as the first woman freedom fighter of Bangladesh
The BNP on Sunday organized a procession on the occasion of the Victory Day.
Inaugurating the event in the capital’s Naya Paltan, party’s Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said: “Our victory journey has just begun.”
He described the procession as an inspiration for a new struggle to bring back democracy in Bangladesh.
In his speech, the former state minister again claimed that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was the first woman freedom fighter of Bangladesh.
The government and the ruling party Awami League have carried out a number of programs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the country’s victory.
On Sunday, a large number of leaders and workers of the party took part in the event with banners and festoons.
Members of the law enforcement agencies were seen on alert at various points since the morning centring the procession.
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BNP supporters were seen chanting slogans like “another name for independence, Ziaur Rahman”, “we want release, we want release of Khaleda Zia”.
A temporary stage was set up on a truck in front of the party office. At 12 noon, the road was closed due to the presence of thousands of leaders and activists on both side of the road between Nightingale and Kakrail. Roads on both sides were closed at 12:30pm.
Sporadic clashes were also reported between the rival groups of party activists.
The victory procession officially started at 2pm with the recitation from the Qur’an.
After his introductory speech, a procession led by Mirza Fakhrul and senior BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain began at 2:30pm.
Due to the event, traffic gridlock was reported in Paltan, Kakrail, Fakirapul, Shantinagar and surrounding areas.
In his speech, Fakhrul said: “We are marching for victory with a heavy heart while the first female freedom fighter and the country’s former elected prime minister, Khaleda Zia, is fighting for life in the hospital.”
He said that the people of the country wanted to see the BNP chief taken abroad for better treatment immediately.
“The people of this country want to see [her son] Tarique Rahman in the country. The people of this country want democracy and not autocracy,” he added.
Mirza Fakhrul further said: “We will fight till the last drop of blood to protect democracy, and to restore democracy, and achieve victory in the end. Our victory march begins here.”
He said: “This victory procession is very important. This is important because 50 years ago, in 1971, we fought for a democratic state, we fought for a free land, and for freedom of speech… where there will be no kidnapping, murder, or torture. But unfortunately, we have become a helpless nation.”