Rallies in India, US to hang war criminals
Published: 2013-02-09 15:56:30.0 BdST Updated: 2013-02-09 16:25:51.0 BdST
Dozens of Bangladeshi students rallied in the Indian capital New Delhi and the US city of Arlington demanding execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla and capital punishment for other war criminals.
The demonstrators, mostly students of the South Asian University and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, thronged in front of the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi with banners and festoons in support of their demand.
They also submitted a memorandum to the High Commissioner demanding death penalty for Molla, and others found guilty of war crimes, and a ban on Jamaat in Bangladesh.
The Shahbagh protest also found resonance among the Bangladeshi students in the US, where they staged demonstrations demanding death penalty for the killers and collaborators of 1971.
In Arlington, students of the University of Texas gathered in front of their Central Library to express solidarity with the Shahbagh protestors.
The International Crimes Tribunal-2 pronounced life in prison for Molla on Tuesday.
An internet activist body, Blogger and Online Activist Forum, rejected the verdict as ‘too light’, hours after the judgement was delivered and called for a protest at Shahbagh. The protest spread across the whole country later.
The demonstrations at Shahbagh are continuing with their protests for the fifth day in a row. They have vowed to continue with the protests until their demands are met.
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