Text & Photographs by Awrup Sanyal
Shahabag seized by the people, reverberates with slogans– “Ami kay, tumi kay? Bangali, Bangali”.
The crowd swells by the minute: students, office goers, families, old and young; zil…lions of signatures are being scribbled on long strips of cloths; a retail economy thrives selling food, beverages, water, flags, headbands and all kinds of wares; big screens have come up playing old patriotic films and TV plays; multiple pools of candle light vigils, accompanied by slogans, drum beats, songs rattle and hum; mock trials and mock hangings are enacted on a special set created for the purpose; every surrounding surface is draped with banners and posters; OB vans, camera cranes and newsmen abound; the police and the RAB watch in ‘attention’.
The center island of the Shahabag intersection has become the main stage from where slogans, speeches, songs and call for justice pour out relentlessly. Joy Bangla, Mujib’s iconic slogan, till now Awami Leagues’ property, has been reclaimed by the people. Calls for boycott of all Razakar businesses and establishments are being made.
The whole zone is WiFi-ed and people are uploading and reporting instantly from their hand-helds.
This is a siege, up till now a siege by the polity.
[Text excerpted from a longer p0st on Facebook.]