2013 Shahbag Protest

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The 2013 Shahbag Protest began on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with protesters demanding the capital punishment for Abdul Quader Mollah and all the other accused war criminals of the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh. Abdul Quader Mollah was charged with abetting the Pakistani army; actively participating in the 1971 atrocities in Bangladesh; rape (including the rape of minors); and mass murder of Bangladeshis in the Mirpur area of Dhaka during the Liberation War of Bangladesh. The many grievous attrocities committed by Abdul Quader Mollah during the Liberation War of Bangladesh earned him the nickname of Mirpurer Koshai (মিরপুরের কসাই) — Butcher of Mirpur. Despite the gory nature of the crimes, on February 5, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh sentenced Mollah to life in prison after he was proved guilty in five out of the six charges against him. Within hours of the verdict, mass discontent broke out in Bangladesh where most people were expecting capital punishment for Mollah. The bloggers and online activists gave voice to the public opinion and called for a mass demonstration at the Shahbag intersection in central Dhaka. People from all walks of life spontaneously joined the protest and the demonstration culminated into the 2013 Shahbag Protest.[1][2] Within days it spread all over Bangladesh and Bangladeshis from all around the world began expressing solidarity with the Shahbag protest, uploading their photos of their solidarity on Facebook, Flicker, Wikimedia Commons, etc.

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  1. http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/02/06/bangladesh-verdict-war-idINDEE9150CS20130206%7Caccessdate=8[dead link] February 2013|newspaper=Reuters|date=6 February 2013
  2. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/201327181442185887.html%7Caccessdate=8 archive copy February 2013|newspaper=Aljazeera|date=7 February 2013