Wednesday, February 16, 2005

DIASPORA:"Armed struggle" against Bangladesh government urged

+ In a highly suspicious and sensitive speech, President of Awami League USA chapter Prof. Khalid Hasan called upon the party workers to “take up arms to topple the 4-party alliance government” in Bangladesh. This was reported by Bangladesh's national news agency BSS. +

"Armed struggle" against Bangladesh government urged from "Peaceful" procession of Kibria mourners

New York, Feb 15: In a highly suspicious and sensitive speech, President of Awami League USA chapter Prof. Khalid Hasan called upon the party workers to “take up arms to topple the 4-party alliance government” in Bangladesh. This was reported by Bangladesh's national news agency BSS.

Prof. Khalid gave the call at a "candle silent procession" arranged by USA living Awami League supporters at Jackson Heights in Queens demanding trial of the murder of Shah ASM Kibria.

He said the 4-party alliance government could not be ousted through peaceful programme or silent protests. “Plan should be adopted to take up arms and the expatriate Awami League supporters should start the work first,” he said.

Dr. Nazli Kibria, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University, also daughter of Dr. ASM Kibria led the procession where the declaration for "armed struggle" against an democratically elected government was pronounced.

The announcement of Prof. Khalid at a peaceful silent procession made the attending leaders and workers of Awami League completely confused, as it was contrary to the call of late Kibria’s family to wage peaceful movement against the killing.

Leaders and workers of Awami League, Bikalpa Dhara and Hindu-Bouddha- Christian-Oikya Parishad took part in the procession.

The declaration for armed insurgency by one expatriate Awami League leader against Bangladesh government created widespread curiosity in the expatriate community in New York.

Whether any US based Sociologist and academician can lead such protests from where "armed struggle" is declared is not clear to the expatriate Bangladeshi communities here in New York.