Bangladesh's biggest opposition party, the Awami League, on thursday (28 August) staged a rally to protest as the Camp David accords and the transfer of Israel's government offices to Jerusalem.
GV EXT Leaders of Bangladesh opposition Awami League addressing rally in Dacca with crowd applauding. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN FROM EFFIGY of US President Jimmy Carter, Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egypt's President Anwar Sadat as three-headed doll PAST podium with Awami League President Abdul Malek Ukil, and General Secretary Abdur Razzak TO rally crowd seated and applauding.
GV & SV Demonstrators headed by effigy through streets. (6 SHOTS)
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Background: Bangladesh's biggest opposition party, the Awami League, on thursday (28 August) staged a rally to protest as the Camp David accords and the transfer of Israel's government offices to Jerusalem. Thousands of protesters shouted angry slogans and heard the rally organisers denounce the Middle East policies of Israel, Egypt and the United states.
SYNOPSIS: It was the biggest demonstration Dacca had seen in four years. Various leaders of the Awami League addressed the rally. Its President Mr. Abdul Malek Ukil, and General Secretary Mr. Abdur Razzak spoke on what they called "the Jewish aggression in the Middle East backed by American imperialism". They criticised Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for "surrendering the interest of the Muslims".
The crowds had built an effigy of Presidents Carter and Sadat and Prime Minister Begin, depicted as a three-headed monster. The effigy headed the protest march through the streets of Dacca.
Angry protesters shouted slogans like "Down with Israel, Vacate the holy land of Jerusalem, Crush American Imperialism" and "Death to Anwar Sadat". They also criticised the Bangladesh government for its policy towards the Middle East, which they described as self-contradictory and confusing. It was the first open demonstration against Israel in Bangladesh.
The Dacca administration has always backed Arab countries in the United Nations against Israel. But the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party, has never staged a protest march against Israeli policies.