Foundation for first-ever Shaheed Minar in Netherlands laid

Published : 22 Feb 2018, 15:55

Sahos Desk

Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque has laid the foundation stone of a Shaheed Minar, first of its kind in the Netherlands, at Zuiderpark in The Hague recently.

The Embassy of Bangladesh, The Hague has been working for years to disseminate the message of humanity and multilingualism encouraged by the spirit of liberation, the Embassy said on Thursday.

The Hague municipality agreed to approve their demand for a permanent language monument in The Hague.

Construction of the monument is long-cherished desire of Bangladesh residents living in the Netherlands as well as in the Europe.

As a result of consistent effort of the Embassy, in October 2017, The Hague Municipality authorities allocated a land in Zuiderpark- the heritage park of The Hague. 

At present, the construction is at designing stage. 

A one-minute silence was observed for eternal peace of the martyrs of the Language Movement in 1952 in Bangladesh.

In his speech, the Foreign Secretary paid tributes to the language martyrs and expressed gratitude to The Hague municipal authorities for allocating land for construction of the Shaheed Minar and highlighted the importance of preservation of all mother languages.

Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal urged the NRBs to extend their cooperation for maintenance of Shaheed Minar after construction. 

He urged all to get united imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War as he recalled how "we, as a nation, earned our independence under the leadership of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman where sacrifices of our martyrs on 21 February have been a constant source of inspiration."

Deputy Mayor of The Hague Rabin Baldewsingh said the language monument is based on movement for Bangla language but this monument depicts all languages of the world. 

The Hague Municipal authorities are also happy to be part of this historic event.

Despite an inclement weather, over 100 people joined the programme to show their love and respect to Amar Ekushey.

The Embassy will also host a daylong cultural event on February 24 in a local venue involving about seven other embassies to celebrate the International Mother Language Day.

Source: unb

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