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    INTRODUCTION: More than 40 people were arrested in Bangladesh on Monday (21 february) for distributing anti-Government leaflets during celebrations marking the Martyrs' Day language riots in the capital, Dacca.

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    INTRODUCTION: More than 40 people were arrested in Bangladesh on Monday (21 february) for distributing anti-Government leaflets during celebrations marking the Martyrs' Day language riots in the capital, Dacca.

    SYNOPSIS: Martyrs' Day is held as homage to students who were killed by police in 1952 in a procession demanding Bengali as one of what was then East Pakistan's state languages. On Monday, thousands gathered at the Shaheed Minar, which marks the spot where the students were shot.

    The day is a public holiday and dozens of events were held. These included sessions of devotional song, poetry recitations and numerous seminars. Hundreds of wreaths were laid on the tomb.

    The student's deaths marked the start of the struggle for independence. That resulted in Bangladesh being proclaimed as a state in 1971. The President, Abu Sadat Sayem, was one of the officials who laid wreaths.

    The ceremony was observed as Bangladesh shows signs of solving some of it worst domestic and foreign relations problems. The economy's in heartening shape and its endemic law and order problem is largely under control. The Chief Martial Law administration, Major-General Ziaur Rahman, also paid his respects, along with members of diplomatic missions.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD0XGCZ2X5RQSPHPYOZP7KWQOY
    Media URN:
    VLVAD0XGCZ2X5RQSPHPYOZP7KWQOY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
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    N/A

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