• Short Summary

    In Bangladesh on Friday (21 February) normal business stopped for Shaheed Day -- kept in memory of the Martyrs who on this day in 1952, died for their language and wrote one of the first chapters in the country's struggle for independence.

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    In Bangladesh on Friday (21 February) normal business stopped for Shaheed Day -- kept in memory of the Martyrs who on this day in 1952, died for their language and wrote one of the first chapters in the country's struggle for independence.

    The day -- a public holiday -- was observed in the capital, Dacoe, by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Mausoleum of the unnamed Martyrs, by a procession and public swearing of oaths of allegiance to the State language, Bangla.

    In March 1948, the central government of Pakistan decreed that Urdu was the country's only official language, sparking off demonstrations in the East where the language issue became of vital importance in the separatist movement.

    The Language Movement sprang up under the leadership of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman -- now Bangladesh's head of state -- pressing for the sovereignty of the Bangla language. This was a forerunner of the larger movement for territorial sovereignty in East Pakistan.

    Demonstrations became riots. And, on February 21 and 22, 1952, a number of rioting students were shot in Dacca and other provincial towns by Pakistani government forces -- giving rise to the celebration of Shaheed or Martyrs day.

    On Friday the flags were at half mast, and the attention of the people of Bangladesh turned to this premier event in the historical calendar of the new nation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2CL4YSSO1YLAGIBF4O8CE6UZP
    Media URN:
    VLVA2CL4YSSO1YLAGIBF4O8CE6UZP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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