Some of the students’ organizations and different socio-cultural organizations observed the ‘Autocracy Resistance Day’ on Wednesday.
Progressive Students Alliance, a platform of left-leaning student bodies, brought out a procession on Dhaka University campus marking the Day which paraded several streets of the university which followed by a short rally in front of DUCSU building.
The day has been observed to recall the students’ uprising 1983 that forced the Mazid Khan education-report to cancel and plant a movement against the military rule of HM Ershad.
While addressing the rally, student leaders said that the education system was on the verge of destruction and becoming a factory of producing ‘demons’ as questions of public examinations are leaking continuously.
They said the government is now failing to catch the perpetrators though they are leaking the question papers on different social media platforms hours before the examinations continuously.
The leader further said that after leaking of seven consecutive question papers of ongoing SSC examination, the education minister should be awarded for his fondness to his post.
They also demanded student union polls immediately in educational institutes across the country to ensure a democratic environment of education.
Earlier in the morning, the leaders of Madhya February 83 Smiriti Shanrakkhan Parishad, Bangladesh Chhatra Union, Samajtantrik Chhatra Front, Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, Samrajyabadbirodhi Chhatra Oikya and some other organizations placed wreaths at the memorial in front of the Sikkha Bhaban.
On February 14, 1983, during the martial law regime of HM Ershad, students marched towards Bangladesh Secretariat protesting against the Abdul Mazid Khan-led education commission report and for the restoration of democracy.
Police fired bullets and tear shells at the procession, killing several students and injuring several hundred.
The students’ uprising in 1983 was the beginning of a movement that ultimately toppled the Ershad regime in 1990.