The people of Bangladesh celebrated the fourth anniversary of their country's independence by congregating in their hundreds of thousands in the capital, Dacca, on Wednesday (26 March).
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Background: The people of Bangladesh celebrated the fourth anniversary of their country's independence by congregating in their hundreds of thousands in the capital, Dacca, on Wednesday (26 March). They had come to hear President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman address them in the capital's Suhrawardy Park race course.
Political leaders claimed this was the biggest such gathering ever held anywhere in the world, although no official figures were given for the numbers attending.
Sheikh Mujib declared there was no chance of a normal relationship between his country and Pakistan, unless it agreed to share the wealth of the original, undivided nation.
The President then attacked Pakistani President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and said the he had not reciprocated the generosity Bangladesh had shown in repatriating Pakistani war criminals.
Sheikh Mujib's speech was the climax of Independence Day celebrations, marking the moment four years ago when the President and proclaimed a separate state. This was finally achieved nine months later, after the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971.