[Photoblog by Amirul Rajiv.]
[Click any of the thumbnails for a GreyBox show.]
He who raised his hand in defiance against the brutal military junta in Bangladesh embossing a slap on the monster’s face will undoubtedly remain our hero for years to come. He who spat at tyrants and refused to give a “confessional statement” when coerced is the rebel with whose photo we present this photoblog.
The E-Bangladesh team is honored and proud that for hours to come our blog will greet our readers with a photo of Manabendra Dev, one of the key organizers of the anti-military junta protests in Dhaka University that erupted two months back. The 25-year-old president of Bangladesh Student Union was picked up by the “joint forces” on September 16 and taken [according to unconfirmed reports from Dhaka] to a secret JIC/DGFI torture chamber in Uttara. Days later he was produced before a court for fresh remand. After the remand period he was again taken to the court where he declined to give any confessional statement in an unprecedented act of defiance.
He, along with hundreds of professors and students of Dhaka and Rajshahi universities, is now behind bars. This is our tribute to the brave heart. This is our tribute to Deen Islam Angel, a Dhaka University student [also imprisoned after a trip to the DGFI torture chamber] who has become the icon of anti-military protests for the famous kick. This is our tribute to Professor Harun-or-Rashid whom the military arrested and later during the night under curfew took back to the Dhaka University campus and forced him to “lick off” the anti-military graffiti on the walls. This photoblog on the Dhaka University protests in August is our tribute to the rebellion lead by Manabendra, Angel and their comrades.