Shahid Minar Monument
This monument was dedicated in 2015 in honor of the protesters who were gunned down by Pakistani police in Dhaka during a 1952 protest. The protest marked one of the most important stages of the Bengali Language Movement, a movement that began as a movement to preserve culture and promote free expression for Bengalis in the Eastern part of Pakistan that is now Bangladesh. The Shahid Minar Monument pays tribute to the protesters and serves as a reminder of the repressive policies that banned Bengalis from speaking their language. After a long struggle, Bengali was given equal status with the Urdu language.
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