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[liberationtech] Blogger who initiated Bangladesh's Shahbag movement killed

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Fri Feb 15 14:09:40 PST 2013

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Shahbagh back to 24-hour protest

Demonstrators demanding death sentences for all ‘war criminals’
announced that they were reverting to nonstop protests occupying
Shahbagh intersection after one of their men was killed in Dhaka on

The announcement came barely six hours after a decision to limit their
demonstrations to seven hours every day.

Imran H Sarker, one of the initiators of the unprecedented movement,
made the announcement around 11pm at the Ganajagaran Mancha after a
blogger active in the 11-day long protest was hacked to death near his

“We’ve been hit. One of our bloggers has been murdered in Mirpur. In
this situation, we cannot return from the streets and we won’t,” he

Ahmed Rajib Haider, 26, an architect who used to blog with the
nickname “Thaba Baba (Claw)”, was found dead in Mirpur’s Pallabi in
the evening. Haider had been actively taking part in the
demonstrations at Shahbagh.

The demonstrators demanded authorities arrest the murderers without
any delay and punish them.

Around 12:30am on Saturday, from the Ganajagaran Mancha Imran Sarker
demanded authorities ban the ‘Sonar Bangla’ blog which had been
issuing life threats over the past four days and arrest everyone
associated with the blog.

The protesters have asked everyone to sport black badges on Saturday
protesting the murder. They have also announced to hold Haider’s
namaz-e-janaza in the afternoon at the intersection.

The demonstrators also took a vow to thwart the Jamaat-e-Islami’s
countrywide shutdown for Monday.

Earlier the day, the protesters announced seven-hour protest rallies
every day from Friday’s ‘Jagaran Samabesh’, or the Uprising Rally.

However, several organisations campaigning for execution of war crimes
perpetrators rejected the seven-hour protest plan saying it was a
‘betrayal’ of the spirit of the movement.

They declared to press ahead until the demands were met.

The organisations that took the staunch stand are Shahid Janani
Jahanara Imam Squad, Tirandaz, Slogan 71 and Theatre Art Unit, Dhaka
University Shikkharthhi Odhikar Mancha, Natyabed, Mubiana Film
Society, Chhobir Haat and Shahbagh Cyber Judda.

Even many of the bloggers, who had initiated the movement, also
announced that they will not leave the streets just about now.

One of the factors fuelling that determination is the widespread
belief that things have simply gone too far to turn back now.

Around 10pm, a procession by youths circled Shahbagh and the
surrounding areas chanting slogans urging everyone to continue
demonstration until Jamaat was banned.

The news of Haider’s murder stirred the demonstrators who in slogans
pledged to persist with their demonstrations.

Sarker then went to the stage and announced round-the-clock
demonstration instead of daily seven-hour agitations.

The demonstrators observed a minute’s silence in the memory of the
deceased online activist.

The announcement came after 11 days of round-the-clock demonstrations
since Feb 5, when the International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Jamaat
leader Abdur Quader Molla to life in prison for crimes against
humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Meanwhile, around 100 students studying in Sweden’s Lund University
and Malmo University paraded the streets expressing solidarity with
the Shahbagh movement.

They took out a nearly two-and a-half-hour long procession around 3pm
local time in the Malmö city braving freezing cold. They also held a
candlelight vigil on Thursday.

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