Bangladesh's rising voices
War crimes protests heat up across the nation.
- For two weeks, Bangladesh has seen a wave of protests. Hundreds of thousands of people - musicians, activists, and even the national cricket team - have taken part. The main rallies have been nicknamed 'Shahbag' after the area in the capital Dhaka where people are gathering.
- The protests are in reaction to the sentencing of Abdul Qader Molla, a leader of the Islamist Jamaat-e Islami opposition party, who was handed a life sentence for crimes connected to the 1971 war for independence from Pakistan. They think Molla should have gotten the death penalty.
- The protests were initially organised by the Bloggers and Online Activists Network, whose Facebook page is pictured below.
- Although protesters are using Facebook to organise rallies, Twitter is being used as a way to call attention to the Shahbag movement internationally.
- The video below encourages netizens to join the protest in Shahbag.
- Women are also turning out in large numbers at Shahbag, which is also known as Projonmo Chattar, or 'New Generation Platform'.
- In the video below, one of the most famous female activists, Lucky Akter, leads the chanting.
- The youth branch of Jamaat-e Islam, Chhatra Shibir, also participated in the rallies.
- Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker reported on both sides' continuing protests from Bangladesh.
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