Left parties protest at Hillary, Pranab visitsStaff Correspondent
Left-leaning political parties at rallies in front of the National Press Club on Friday called on the people to stand united and protest against the visit of US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton and India’s finance minister Pranab Mukherjee to Bangladesh.
The Communist Party of Bangladesh, the Socialist Party of Bangladesh, the Gana Sanghati Andolan, the Jatiya Ganatantrik Front, the Bangladesh Juba Union and the Students Union held the rallies.
Hillary Clinton and Pranab Mukherjee will arrive in Dhaka today on a two-day visit.
The CPB president, Manzurul Ahsan Khan, said that Hillary is a leader of the United States that led imperialist aggression around the world.
They are trying to establish their aggression in South Asia and her visit is part of the plan, he added.
The United States is giving a threat to the sovereignty of Bangladesh signing different disclosed and undisclosed deals with the country.
Hillary will try to sign with Bangladesh new deals that might amount to interference in the country’s internal affairs, he said.
The party’s central leaders Ahsan Habib Lablu, Ruhin Hossain Prince, Hasan Tarique Chowdhury and Kafi Ratan, among others, also spoke.
The SPB general secretary, Khalequzzaman, said at the rally his party held said that the visits of Hillary and Pranab were important as two countries are trying to establish their supremacy here.
He called on the people to stand united to protest against unequal deals to be singed during the visits.
The party’s central leader Bazlur Rashid Firoz presided over the rally. M Inamul Inamul Haque of the national committee to protect oil, gas, natural resources, power and ports and the party’s central leaders Zahedul Haque Milu and Razequzzaman Ratan also spoke.
The Ganasanghati Andolan chief coordinator, Zonayed Saki, said that people would never accept any unequal deals with imperialist America that could harm national interest.
He demanded that the Teesta deal should be signed with India during’s Pranab Mukherjee’s visit with proper sharing of water between two countries.
The party’s central leaders Abdus Salam, Firoz Ahmed and Abul Ahsan Rubel also spoke.
The Jatiya Ganatantrik Front held a rally in the place. The Bangladesh Juba Union and the Students Union also held a rally at the same place.
The rallies were followed by processions.
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