The BNP secretary general asks all opposition parties to unite and take to the streets to 'protest against the fascist government'
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has urged all the opposition parties and professionals to forge a stronger alliance to oust the current "fascist" government through a strong movement.
"A monstrous force in the country is destroying everything we have. It has created a fascist state in the true sense with its main goal to establish a one-party system of government,” he said while speaking at a discussion on Sunday.
The senior BNP leader said everyone must get united under an alliance to give the future generation a truly independent, sovereign and democratic Bangladesh. “We have no choice but to take to the streets. All, not only the BNP and the opposition parties, have to join it.”
Fakhrul said the people of all professions, including civil society members, university teachers, and journalists, are being subjected to repression by the government. “So, everyone has to take to the streets under an alliance.”
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Shato Nagorik Committee arranged the program at National Press Club in memory of former Jahangirnagar University vice-chancellor Prof Khandaker Mustahidur Rahman, who died of Covid-19 on August 20.
Fakhrul alleged that the leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League along with police attacked the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal in Dhaka University in the morning without any provocation.
“They (Chhatra Dal) activists went to the university campus to peacefully hold a rally demanding the release of one of their colleagues. But the Chhatra League cadres, along with the police, brutally attacked and tortured them,” he said.
Fakhrul said police swooped on the leaders and activists of BNP’s Dhaka north and south units a few days back as they went to party founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave to pay homage. “They (police) fired around 189 rounds of bullets, injuring our 72 leaders including Aman Ullah Aman and Aminul Haque.”
He said the government had been trying to suppress its opponents and dissidents by resorting to repressive acts. “The Awami League has become an anti-state force. I call upon all to raise their voices against it.”