This moment has been in the making for decades. Hundreds of thousands are occupying Shahbag, an intersection in the heart of capital city Dhaka, demanding death penalty for war crimes committed during Bangladesh's liberation from Pakistan in 1971.
On 5 February 2013, the Bloggers and Online Activists Network (BOAN) initiated the call to occupy Shahbag and demand capital punishment for the secretary general of the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami Abdul Quader Mollah, hours after he was sentenced to life in prison on 344 counts of murder, rape and torture committed during 1971.
Since then, the demands for death penalty have extended to all war criminals facing trial and protests have spread like wild fire across the country.
Like Mollah, some other indicted war criminals have held public office and were living a life of impunity in Bangladesh for decades until 2010, when proceedings were initiated against them by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT).
Our #Shahbag Coverage
15 Feb: #Shahbag Blogger Hacked To Death
10 Feb: #Shahbag in a 140 Characters
- #Shahbag Official site run by protesters
- Shahbag Movement Official Facebook page
- Live Ustream from Shahbag
- Live Stream from Shahbag by Jago
- Photos of Global Shahbag Solidarity Protests
- #Shahbag on Wikipedia
- Jamaat-e-Islami on Wikipedia
- International Crimes Tribunal on Wikipedia
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