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Bangladesh Celebrates 36 Years of Independence

  • VOA News

Bangladesh is celebrating 36 years of independence from Pakistan Sunday.

Thousands of people visited a war memorial at Savar, near Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, to lay wreaths and honor those killed in the bloody fight for independence.

Bangladesh won freedom from Pakistan with the help of Indian troops in 1971. Nearly three million people died in the war.

Sunday's "Victory Day" was declared a public holiday for Bangladeshis.

The celebrations come during a crackdown on corruption in the country. Bangladeshi authorities have rounded up dozens of politicians and business people, including two former prime ministers.

The major political parties, socio-cultural organizations and war heroes today boycotted the Victory Day reception at the Bangabhaban to protest invitation to the anti-liberation forces. None from Awami League (AL), Jatiya Party (JP), Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB), Workers Party, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) and newly formed Bangladesh Kalyan Party leaders showed up at the party hosted by President Iajuddin Ahmed and his wife Anwara Begum.

More reports from our Dhaka stringer, Amir Khasru



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