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Thursday, 21 February, 2002, 08:53 GMT
Bangladeshis mark Bengali language movement
Thousands of Bangladeshis have commemorated the day 50 years ago when bloody protests took place to push for Bengali to be made the official language in what was then East Pakistan.

The Prime Minister, Begum Khaleda Zia, and the opposition leader, Sheikh Hasina, laid wreaths at the Shaheed Minar memorial to the six Bengali youths who were shot dead by police on the streets of Dhaka.

Many others were wounded during the protests half a century ago.

The demonstrations organised by the Bangla Language Movement marked the start of the fight for independence from Pakistan.

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