BNP calls black-flag procession Thursday

Movement to release Khaleda Zia to continue

Movement to release Khaleda Zia to continue

Dhaka, Feb 21 (Just News): BNP will bring out a black-flag procession in the cityon Saturday protesting the denial of permission for its planned rallyon Thursday demanding the release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programme at a press conference at the party's Nayapaltan central officeon Wednesday.

"We'd sought police permission to organise a public rallytomorrow(February 22) either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of our Nayapaltan office. We'd also taken all necessary preparations. But the police didn't give us permission," he said.

The government has taken all measures so that BNP cannot arrange the rally, Rizvi said.

The BNP leader described it as a 'vindictive and anti-democratic behaviour' from the government, which violates people's basic rights. "We strongly condemn and protest it."

Noting that the movement demanding the release of BNP chairperson will continue, he said fresh programmes will be announced soon in this regard.

On February 8 last, BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.