The government is determined to preserve the democratic rights of the people of the country’
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the Awami League government is determined to keep the democratic rights of the people of the country intact, inspired by the spirit of all democratic movements and struggles, including the historic June 7.
She said, we are working to advance the country in the spirit of the liberation war and deliver the benefits of freedom to every people. In the last 14 and half years, we have made unprecedented development in the country. Bangladesh has now gained the status of developing country from least developed country.
The Prime Minister said this in a message given on the occasion of the historic 6-point day. She said, June 7 is the historic six point day. The important chapter of the 6-point movement announced by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman began on this day in 1966. The day is unforgettable and significant in the history of Bangladesh's freedom struggle.
Sheikh Hasina said that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman raised 6-point demands on behalf of the people of East Bengal in a national conference convened by all the opposition political parties of East and West Pakistan on February 5, 1966 in Lahore against the dictatorial Ayub government in order to get rid of the Pakistani rule-exploitation-deprivation. . Later, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib returned to Dhaka on February 11 and started a nationwide campaign in favor of 6-points and went to the remote areas of East Bengal to highlight the need for 6-points in front of the people.
She said that the people of all levels of East Bengal spontaneously supported the 6-point. The six-point became the charter of liberation of the exploited and deprived people of East Bengal. Frightened by the widespread public support for the six-point movement and the popularity of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the dictatorial government of Ayub Khan's military junta arrested Bangabandhu on 8 May 1966 and sent him to prison. Angry people took to the streets in protest.
The Prime Minister said that the 6-point movement announced by the Father of the Nation got a new dimension on June 7, 1966. On this day, the police and the then EPR fired on the unarmed crowd during the hartal called by the Awami League to collect the 6-point Bengali liberation certificate. 11 people including Manu Mia, Abul Hossain, Safiq and Shamsul Haque were martyred in Dhaka and Narayanganj. On this day, she paid deep respect to the memory of all the martyrs of the freedom struggle, including the historic June 7.
Sheikh Hasina said, under the leadership of the undisputed leader of Bangalees, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the outline of independence was drawn up with the unwavering support of the people of this country on the basis of the 6-point. Through the six-point movement, the seeds of freedom sprouted. In the continuation of the six-point movement-struggle, the Bengali independence movement turned into a freedom struggle. The six-point based 11-point movement started with the mass uprising of 1969, the people of Bengal won an absolute majority in the general elections of 1970, and the independent-sovereign Bangladesh was born on the world map through the victory in the Great Liberation War of 1971. The six-point is not only the liberation charter of the Bengali nation, but the source of inspiration for the liberation movement of oppressed people all over the world.
Inspired by the spirit of the Great Liberation War, the Prime Minister called upon Bangladeshis to unite against any conspiracy to protect the development and continuity of democracy and to build a developed, prosperous and modern-smart golden Bangladesh , the dream of the Father of the Nation by 2041.