President Md. Abdul Hamid appealed to all to continue the progress of democracy which was obtained in return for many sacrifices.
He made this call today in a message on the occasion of the 39th martyrdom anniversary of martyr student leaders Salim and Delwar.
The President said, February 28 is a historic day in the movement to restore democracy in Bangladesh. On this day in 1984, Dhaka University’s brilliant student Chhatra League leader Salim and Delwar were crushed to death by a police truck while participating in an anti-dictatorship rally.
He respectfully remembered all the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for democracy, including martyred student leaders Salim and Delwar.
Abdul Hamid said, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dreamed of establishing a non-communal and democratic Bangladesh along with political independence. On December 16, 1971, ‘we achieved the desired victory’ through a long nine-month armed liberation war under his leadership.
The President said that on August 15, 1975, the anti-independence gang blocked the progress of democracy in the country by brutally killing Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members. Dictatorship arose.
However, the student society of this country has always continued to struggle against injustice, he said, on February 28, 1984, after the death of Shaheed Salim and Delwar, who were protesting voices against dictatorship, the streets of the country shook with the march of pro-democracy people, and the entire country erupted in protests. As a result of a series of protests, the downfall of the dictatorship was accelerated and democracy was restored in Bangladesh in 1990.
The President said that as a result of the democratic movement of the students, the right to vote and vote has been established in the country, and the people have regained their basic rights. It is hoped that all will strive to continue the progress of this democracy which has been obtained in return for many sacrifices. He prayed for the souls of martyred student leaders Salim and Delwar.