Historic Mass Upsurge Day today
Published: 12:50 PM, 24 January 2021 Updated: 03:55 PM, 24 January 2021
The historic Mass Upsurge Day is being observed on Sunday commemorating the 1969’s movement for autonomy from the then East Pakistan that eventually led to Liberation War and emergence of Bangladesh in 1971.
On January 24 in 1969, Matiur Rahman Mallik, a standard IX student of the Nabakumar Institution, and Rustam Ali, a rickshaw-puller, were killed in police firing on demonstrators in Dhaka as the Pakistani rulers desperately tried to suppress the popular uprising.
The killings spread intense protests across the country that eventually saw the fall of the Ayub regime. It is said that the day teaches Bangladeshis the values of democracy and protest against oppression.
To mark the day, different political, social and cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes, including paying tributes to 1969 martyr Matiur Rahman by placing wreaths at his monument at Nabakumar Institute at Bakshibazar in the capital.
On the eve of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion, expressing profound respect for those who had embraced martyrdom in the historic movement in 1969.