Ipswich Bangladeshi community marks home country’s milestone

Members of the Suffolk Bangladesh Society and guests gathered in Alexandra Park, Ipswich to mark Int

Members of the Suffolk Bangladesh Society and guests gathered in Alexandra Park, Ipswich to mark International Mother Language Day. Picture: PAUL NIXON PHOTOGRAPHY

Members of the Bangladeshi community in Ipswich have come together to mark International Mother Language Day with a special ceremony in Alexandra Park.

The ceremony marked the day in 1952 when Pakistani troops opened fire on scholars in Dhaka who had been challenging the right to use their local Bengali language.

The Bangladeshi community raised the funds for the memorial which marks the struggle or their own identity after originally being included in the state of Pakistan in 1947.

Individuals of the Bangladeshi group were joined by civic leaders in Alexandra Park, Ipswich to celebrate the memorial to their fight for independence and their cultural identity. The memorial, a reproduction of that in Dhaka, was designed by Ipswich-based architect Nick Jacob.

Among those present and laying flowers at the memorial was the Deputy Mayor Roger Fern and Society chair Manik Miah.

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