Left leaning student organizations and different socio-cultural organizations observed the ‘Autocracy Resistance Day’ on Wednesday, recalling the uprising of 1983 that forced the cancellation of the Mazid Khan Education Commission report and forged unity among students against the military rule of HM Ershad.
Progressive Students’ Alliance, a platform of left leaning student fronts organized a procession in the Dhaka University campus marking the day. The rally paraded through several streets in the university area, and was followed by a short rally in front of the DUCSU building.
While addressing the rally, student leaders said the education system is on the verge of collapse and is becoming a factory for producing “demons” as the question papers of public exams are continuously being leaked.
Lambasting the government, they said that the authorities utterly failed to apprehend the perpetrators despite the criminals leaking the questions on social media platforms hours before the exam.
They further said that the ‘shameless’ education minister should be awarded for his fondness to his post even in the wake of seven consecutive question papers of the ongoing SSC examinations being leaked.
They also demanded that student unions conduct polls immediately in educational institutes across the country to ensure a democratic environment therein.
Earlier in the day, the leaders of Madhya February ‘83 Smiriti Shanrakkhan Parishad, Bangladesh Chhatra Union, Samajtantrik Chhatra Front, Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, Samrajyabadbirodhi Chhatra Oikya and some other organizations placed wreaths at the memorial in front of the Shikkha Bhaban.
On February 14, 1983, during the martial law regime of HM Ershad, students marched towards Bangladesh Secretariat protesting against the Mazid Khan-led education commission report and for the restoration of democracy.
Police fired bullets and tear gas shells at the procession, killing several students and injuring several hundred.
The students’ uprising in 1983 was the beginning of a movement that ultimately toppled the Ershad regime in 1990.