Report on the situation in Bangladesh

-Tamzid Ahmed

After relentless pressure from the masses, the bourgeois courts were finally compelled to pass the death sentence on accused war criminal Sayedee . After the passage of the sentence, the people were in a celebratory mood, and Shahbag movement welcomed the verdict which was hailed as being a people’s verdict. Against this the forces of reaction led by Jamaat i Islami unleashed their wave of assaults. They claimed that Saydee was innocent and the trial was fabricated. In opposition to the verdict the party called a nationwide ‘hartal’ for two days . During that period a wave of retributive violence was unleashed against minorities and internet activists from the Shahbag movement. The violence was politically motivated and targeted the perceived support base for the present shahbag movement. The bulk of the violence took place in Shatkhira, Shirajgonj, Coxsbazar, Chitattagong shatkania, neelphamari and in the rural reaches near these cities. Nearly a hundred people were killed by the reactionary militias and in crossfire by the police.

The Jamaat is stronger in the countryside than it is in the cities where it’s base consists mostly of petty bourgeois and lumpen elements. In the countryside it has some following among poor and illiterate peasants who are more easily drawn to the islamist ideology. Soon after the trial some sections of the rural population were brainwashed into thinking that Sayedee was seen in the moon! Ironically, many believed this rumour after seeing photo shopped pictures ofSayedee on the moon and started to think of him as a godman! However, the majority of the country was against the Jamaat’s destructive actions, and there were many cases as was seen in Sylhet of villagers defending the property of hindu and buddhist minorities against the islami foes. Popular defenses here were more consistent than the state forces in securing the lives of the minorities under threat from the jamaatis. Opposition to the Jamaat’s actions included some religiousclerics/mullahs who declared Jamaat shibir to be unislamic.

The Awami league of course has shown both cowardice and inconsistency in dealing with fascistic forces in Bangladesh, and are no doubt soft on these criminal parties. But the Shahbag movement and the popular defense against violence thereafter, have shown how to deal with these forces. A very strong ground is being made in the present scenario which can lead to the abolition of islam as a state religion and the adoption of a secular constitution which was present in Bangladesh before 1975. The expulsion of the islami parties which have acted as an extension of the US-Saudi imperialist matrix has begun !


3 Responses to Report on the situation in Bangladesh

  1. Mohammad says:

    The events on the ground in Bangladesh can’t be looked upon with One eye.
    This piece reflects the reality although the dead is much higher than reported in the story:

    The spot of “Jubilation” is a small area in Dhaka called Shahbag. While more than 200 innocent civilian died nationwide in two days.

    Now get real how people see the verdict of an illegal kangaroo court.

    The court is illegal because:

    • NEW TROIKA says:

      Comrade this is exactly why we cannot trust the bourgeois government ! It is expected that true justice would never come from this government riddled with corruption and nepotism and political vendetta.

      That being said it is outright naive to expect the UN of ‘fairness’ here. It is not a people’s organ, it is an organ of nation states where national interests prevail.

      What we truly need today is a people’s tribunal with elected representatives who can ensure fairness in the trial.

      • Mohammad says:

        My point is in order to promote the idea of a genuine tribunal for fair trial we should not pay heed to the black propaganda circulated by the unpopular corrupt government agents.

        Let your comrades know that they should not publicize the propaganda materials without crosschecking the ground realities.

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