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Hefajat-e-Islam, Long March, Observations and Speculations April 8, 2013

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH.
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hafajat-1Hefajat-e-Islam ultimately could hold the long march on 6th April, 2013 despite many uncertainties. Hartal for 24 hours and blockade  of 22 hours were imposed 27 organizations that include Sectors commanders Forum, Gatak Dalal Nirmul Committee and United Cultural Front. All sorts of transport on the roads, railway trains  and launches were closed down 12 hours before the hartal began.  Shahbag Youth Movement declared  to prevent the gathering in the capital and formed platforms  at 5 points in the entry point of the capital.

Government permitted  Hefajat-e-Islam at the end to hold their rally at Sapla Chattar of Motijeel.  Thousands of people gathered in the venue, in one estimate it was more than 5 lac, unprecedented in  the history of Bangladesh.
Hefajat-e-Islam projected them as a non-political organization that is formed to protect the respect of Allah and his prophet (sm ).  From their point they placed 13 points demands that include enactment of law in the parliament to punish who dishonor Allah and his Prophet (sm) and to  punish the bloggers who actually malign his prophet (sm).

Opposition political parties BNP and Jatiya Party supported the rally.  It was feared by the Home Ministry that Jamaat and Shibir would infiltrate in the rally and they may create destructive activities from the rally.

Government was skeptical about the purpose of the rally and afraid that it might benefit the opposition. Government was also criticized by its own leaders from within.  The government also got fume from the Ganagaron Mancha, the platform that was supporting the government in their effort for trial of war crimes of 1971.

Sporadic incidents also occurred in the city and outside. In one incident the people coming in procession destroyed the wayside temporary platform at Mohakhali  crossing and in a second incident, a group attacked the Shahbag Gonajagoran Mancha after the ally breaks up.

Home Minister thanked the Hefajat for their peaceful  organization of the rally and said that the Government will try to consider the demands.

Hefajat  in their rally declared a series of meetings  in important cities of the country  in the next 3 weeks and announced that if their demands are not fulfilled by this time they will surround the capital on 5th May 2013.

Political observers  are bewildered at the emergence of a new  social force  and randomly speculating its impact on the  future politics in Bangladesh.

An ordinary citizen


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