Dhaka Rises for Peace: Thousands Condemn Barbaric Arson Attacks by BNP-Jamaat, Honor Fallen Hero

Thousands unite in Dhaka's 'Rise for Peace' rally against BNP-Jamaat violence, honoring fallen hero Constable Aminul Parvez and advocating for an end to barbaric arson attacks.

Nov 20, 2023 - 17:07
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Dhaka Rises for Peace: Thousands Condemn Barbaric Arson Attacks by BNP-Jamaat, Honor Fallen Hero

DHAKA, BANGLADESH — In a powerful demonstration of unity and resilience, thousands of Bangladeshi citizens gathered in Dhaka for the "Rise for Peace" rally on Saturday. This significant event was a stand against the heinous arson and petrol bomb attacks perpetrated by supporters of the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami, opposition parties to the ruling Awami League.

The rally was marked by poignant moments, including speeches from a survivor of the BNP-Jamaat attacks and the family of the late Constable Aminul Parvez, a valiant member of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Branch, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty (source: Dhaka Tribune). The presence of Parvez's young daughter, bravely holding back tears as her father was honored, added a deeply personal dimension to the call for peace.

The event transcended a mere protest, featuring a cultural show that saw artists, writers, educators, and intellectuals come together in solidarity. The unified chorus of "We want peace" echoed through the crowd, symbolizing a collective desire for harmony and safety in their nation.

In a striking display of advocacy, dozens of speakers, including government officials and civil society leaders, voiced their support for the victims of these brutal attacks. Their message was clear and unanimous: "No more barbaric arson." The rally served as a critical platform for demanding an end to such atrocities and calling for national and global solidarity.

Visuals played a significant role in the rally, with posters exhibiting the harrowing images of burn victims and casualties resulting from the BNP-Jamaat led attacks. These powerful displays, particularly at the Landmark Center Corner, poignantly highlighted the devastating impact of violence on civilians. Thought-provoking questions like, “Against whom is this line of dead bodies in independent Bengal?” spurred reflection and conversation among attendees.

A central aim of the "Rise for Peace" rally was to elevate awareness about the tragic consequences of political arson on the fabric of society. Speakers challenged the international community's silence over these barbaric acts, emphasizing the urgent need for a global response to such inhumanity.

The rallying cry of "We want freedom from the brutality of arson forever" captured the essence of the event — a fervent hope for enduring peace and justice.

This peaceful yet powerful rally is a testament to the resilience and unity of the Bangladeshi people in the face of adversity and a clarion call to the world to acknowledge and act against such senseless violence.

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