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Historic Mass Upsurge Day Today | The historic Mass Upsurge Day will be observed today to commemorate the 1969 movement for autonomy of the then East Pakistan -- a movement that eventually led to the 1971 Liberation War and emergence of Bangladesh.

The historic Mass Upsurge Day will be observed today to commemorate the 1969 movement for autonomy of the then East Pakistan — a movement that eventually led to the 1971 Liberation War and emergence of Bangladesh.

On this day in 1969, Matiur Rahman Mallik, a ninth grader of Nabakumar Institution, and Rustam Ali, a rickshaw-puller, were killed in police firing on demonstrators in Dhaka as the Pakistani rulers tried to suppress the uprising.

Marking the day, President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages.

 Different political and socio-cultural organizations have also chalked out programme.

Bangladesh Awami League will place wreaths at Shaheed Matiur Rahman Smiriti Saudha at Nabakumar Institute in Bakshibazar at 10am today.

AL general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader has urged party leaders-workers to join the programme.  

On the eve of the day, president Mohammed Shahabuddin and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday issued separate messages, expressing profound respect for those who had embraced martyrdom in the historic movement in 1969.

‘The January 24 of 1969 is a historic day in the progress of independence and democracy of Bangladesh,’ the president said in his message.

Paying profound homage to the memory of those who were martyred in the independence freedom, he said the day has been remembered in the history of the country’s struggle of independence and freedom movement as the day of mass uprising.

The president said after the six-point declaration, the speed of the freedom movement intensified and it spread all over the East Bengal.

‘The joint movement of Awami League as well as various political parties and student organizations accelerated the mass movement,’ the president said, adding that the then dictator filed the Agartala conspiracy case to foil the movement.

In her message, prime minister Sheikh Hasina called upon all, irrespective of party affiliations, to work together for building a modern, developed and prosperous nation.

She said the 1969 mass uprising is a significant chapter in the history of the country’s independence.

The nation achieved independence following the 1952 Language Movement, Six-Point Demand, 11-Point Demand, the Mass Upsurge of 1969 and the armed War of Liberation, the premier said. ‘We got an independent-sovereign Bangladesh,’ she added.

To foil the mass movement of Bengalis, she said the Pakistani ruling clique had filed the Agartala conspiracy case in 1968 and arrested 35 leaders.

Recalling all the Bengalis’ movements in route to their independence, Sheikh Hasina said on January 20 in 1969, police opened fire on a procession of students on the street in front of Dhaka Medical College where Asaduzzaman was killed and many others were injured. Sheikh Hasina said the Awami League government has continued the country’s development and progress being imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War

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