Bangladesh Muktijoddha Santan Sangsad, an organisation of freedom fighters' descendants, are demonstrating at Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka to press home their 7-point demand, including the revival of a 30 per cent quota in government jobs.
Traffic movement in and around the area has come to a complete halt due to their sit-in programme.
Hundreds of members of the organisation from across the country, carrying posters and placards, gathered in front of the National Museum around 10:00am.
Later, they moved to the Shahbagh intersection and started the sit-in programme around 12:00pm.
Additional police have been deployed in the area to avert any untoward incident.
The demonstrators chanted slogans like “No place for Razakars in this Bangla of Freedom Fighters”, “Weapons of ’71 roar once again” and “We want 30 per cent quota”.
Their other demands include giving VIP status to freedom fighters and their descendants everywhere, including hospitals, government offices, enacting a law to protect the freedom fighters’ families, and exclusion of names of anti-liberation people from the government list of freedom fighters.
Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sontan Sangsad vice-chairman Mizanur Rahman said, “We won’t leave the place until our seven demands are fulfilled."
Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sontan Sangsad founding president Soleman Miya, vice chairman Sojib Serker, Mijanur Rahman, Yeasin Akand, Toslim Reza, organising secretary Nazmul Huda, Titumir, among others, joined the protest programme.