The opposition 20-party alliance led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will hold demonstrations across the country today (Monday) protesting against extra-judicial killings of party leaders and activists.
The demonstration call is in addition to the non-stop nationwide blockade and hartal demanding an inclusive election under a neutral administration since January 6 this year.
In a statement BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed said the party leaders and activists will hold protest rallies and bring out processions across the country on the day deploring the 'brutal repression' of the government on them.
In the statement, the BNP leader also said, "The government's evil design to brand Bangladesh a militant country has failed. Now the government has started the countdown to its disastrous downfall."
Following rejection by the national and international communities, the "unelected government" has indulged in a killing spree, he alleged.
Salahuddin said the people who have been killed in the hands of different government agencies in the anti-government agitation will be honoured as national heroes.
Vehemently criticising extra-judicial killings and forced disappearances, he said, "Those, who are involved in such killings, would be brought to face trial under the International Crimes Tribunal."
Salahuddin also called upon the countrymen to continue the ongoing movement in a "peaceful manner" until their demand for a fresh election under a non-party administration is met.
Meanwhile, in another statement, 179 BNP lawmakers of the 8th Parliament urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to take steps to hold a fruitful dialogue to resolve the ongoing political impasse.
Expressing deep concern over stifling of opposition views and violating constitutional rights of the people, they urged, "The government must stop mass killings and take initiatives to hold a fruitful dialogue to resolve the deadlock. Otherwise, it has to pay heavy compensation for this."
The BNP Chairperson Khaldea Zia, also chief of the alliance, is still firm on continuing her anti-government movement until victory is achieved.