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Suffolk's Bangladeshi community set to mark national memorial day

PUBLISHED: 10:32 14 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:10 14 February 2017

The Suffolk Bangladesh Society and Mayor Glenn Chisholm celebrate Mother Language Day by unveiling their permanent Shaheed Minar in Alexandra Park last year.

The Suffolk Bangladesh Society and Mayor Glenn Chisholm celebrate Mother Language Day by unveiling their permanent Shaheed Minar in Alexandra Park last year.

Members of the Bangladeshi community from across Suffolk are to gather in Ipswich's Alexandra Park next week to mark International Mother Language Day.

The event, on February 21 at noon, marks the day in 1952 when students demanding the right to use the Bangla language were shot dead in Dhaka which was then in East Pakistan.

It will take place at the monument to the martyrs that was unveiled in the park last year – that is a replica of the memorial built in Dhaka.

The tragedy helped spark the battle for independence of Bangladesh which was achieved in 1971.

It also sparked the United Nations to designate February 21 as the International Mother Language Day which recognises the rights of people to have the language they use recognised.

As well as the celebrations next Tuesday, the community is also organising a social event at the Murrayside Centre in Nacton Road the following Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

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