February 19, 2013

Bangladesh's rising voices

War crimes protests heat up across the nation.

Students of the Holy Cross Girls' College shout slogans as they attend a mass demonstration at Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka February 10, 2013. Andrew Biraj/REUTERS

Mass protests are dominating the headlines in Bangladesh. It all started with the sentencing of a war criminal to life in prison - many say Abdul Quadar Molla should get the death penalty. But there seems to be much more to these rallies than a search for justice. Women are showing up in droves and the rallies are being organised by the youth via social media like never before. Is this Bangladesh’s Tahrir Square?

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Tazreena Sajjad
Professorial Lecturer, American University

Mahtab Haider
Former Current Affairs Editor, Independent Television

Sabhanaz Rashid Diya @diya880
Founder, One Degree Initiative Foundation 1di.org