Protest in Dhaka on Oct 5 for reopening of jute mills

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Jute mill workers, left political activists and civic group leaders march to lay siege to the deputy commissioner’s office in Khulna city, demanding reopening of the state-owned jute mills. — New Age photo

Left Democratic Alliance announced holding march towards the Prime Minister’s Office on October 5 to press home their demand of reopening the closed state-owned jute mills of the country.

LDA coordinator Bazlur Rashid Firoz announced the programme at a rally in the capital’s Zero Point area on Sunday where police intercepted their march towards jute ministry.

Addressing the rally, Bazlur called on the government to reopen all the 25 jute mills that the government closed on July 2 rendering over 50,000 workers jobless overnight.

Bazlur said that their alliance of eight left leaning political parties would announce tougher movement, if necessary, to compel the government to reopen the jute mills.

Ganosamhati Andolan chief coordinator Zonayed Saki, Communist Party of Bangladesh joint general secretary Sazzad Zahir Chandan, United Communist League central leader Abdus Sattar, Democratic Revolutionary Party general secretary Mushrefa Mishu, Socialist Party of Bangladesh(Marxist) central leader Manas Nandi spoke at the rally.

In Khulna, several hundred jute mill workers, left political activists and civic group leaders under the banner of ‘Patkol Rokhkhay Sammilita Nagarik Parishad’ staged demonstration besieging the district deputy commissioner’s office in the city, demanding reopening of the mills, modernising them, punishment for those involved in irregularities and mismanagement.

The activists brought out a procession from Ferry Ghat intersection of the city and went to the DC office where they submitted a memorandum to the prime minister through the DC and held a rally to press home their demands.

New Age correspondent in Sirajganj reported that Patkol O Patchasi Rokhkha Sammilita Nagarik Parishad held a rally at Muktir Sopan point of the district town in the morning and then offered a memorandum to the prime minister through the deputy commissioner demanding reopening of the closed jute mills and payment of all the dues to the jute mill workers.

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