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22 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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BNP denied nod to hold rally today

Announces black flag demo for Sat protesting denial
Staff Reporter
BNP denied nod to hold rally today

BNP was denied permission yesterday to hold its rally planned for today in the capital. The party sought permission for a rally either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of the party central office at Naya Paltan to protest jailing of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Protesting the denial of permission by police, the BNP decided to bring out black flag processions in the capital on Saturday. BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the fresh programme at a press briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters yesterday.

“The party will bring out black flag procession in the capital on Saturday protesting the denial of permission to hold our outdoor rally in the city demanding the unconditional release of Khaleda Zia,” he said.  The BNP leader described it as a 'vindictive and anti-democratic behaviour' from the government, which violates people's basic rights. "We strongly condemn and protest it."

This is the first time this year that the BNP has been denied permission for any rally.

Last time, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia addressed a rally at Suhrawardy on November 12 to mark what the party observes National Revolution and Solidarity Day.

In 2016, the BNP was allowed to hold its May Day rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on May 1 where the former premier addressed as the chief guest.

Earlier in the day, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir accused the Awami League (AL) government of denying people their rights and destroying democratic institutions.

“Today (February 21), we are observing Language Martyrs’ Day at a time when democracy has been buried and all democratic institutions are being destroyed. People’s rights are being violated and voting rights taken away,” he said while talking to journalists after BNP leaders placed wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar in the morning.

Fakhrul said their hearts are broken as the BNP chairperson, implicated and convicted in a “false” case, is suffering in jail. He also accused the government of politicising the judiciary and Parliament. He vowed to continue the movement to restore democracy and free Khaleda from prison.

The BNP leader expressed his determination to wage a movement by forging national unity to free Khaleda Zia and democracy. “We must be united to defeat the repressive forces,” he added.

He called upon the people to get united for ousting the government that is “forcibly holding on to power”. “We will continue till unity is forged and the fascist government removed. We will build up a mass movement to free our party chairperson from jail,” he said. Fakhrul demanded immediate release of Khaleda.

Earlier, the BNP’s central leaders, on behalf of Khaleda Zia, placed wreaths at the Shaheed Minar and paid tributes to the martyrs of the 1952 Language Movement.

Khaleda is in jail as a court imprisoned her for five years in a graft case on 8 February.

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