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Title:Angry Bangladeshi community rallies after Mijanur Rahmans murder, proposes renaming Forbell Avenue to Mijanur Avenue
Blurb:Bangladeshis in New York rallied for peace on Aug. 18 after the murder of renowned Bangladeshi photojournalist Mijanur Rahman, who was killed by mob on Aug. 11 in Brooklyn. The sentiment was, Mijan we have not forgotten youwe will never forget you.
Body:Bangladeshis in New York rallied for peace on Aug. 18 after the murder of renowned Bangladeshi photojournalist Mijanur Rahman. He was killed by a group of Hispanic men on Aug. 11 in Brooklyn.
Many Bangladeshis and members of other community organizations attended the Sunday peace rally. The sentiment was, Mijan we have not forgotten youwe will never forget you.
The rally was held at the corner of Eldert Lane, and Liberty and Glenmore Avenues, on the city line between Ozone Park, Queens and East New York, Brooklyn. It was sponsored by Bangladeshis from all five boroughs of New York City. Attendees demanded that the killers be brought to justice. The police have reportedly arrested two Hispanic people and are questioning them about Mijanurs death.
People from all over the city gathered at the spot where Mijanur was killed. They marched from Liberty to Forbell Avenues and wore posters around their necks that read: We demand the trial of Mijanurs killers. Killers, whomever you are, you must be brought to justice. The demonstrators mourned his death and shared their condolences.
Many Bangladeshi organizations participated in the rally, including the Jalalabad Association, Bangladeshi Society and the Bangladeshi Institute of Performing Arts. Councilman Erik Martin Dilan attended the rally on behalf of the city, as did 75th Precinct Commanding Officer James Secreto, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Deputy Permanent Representative Munshi Faiz Ahmed, visiting Chairman of the Bangladesh Privatization Board Dr. Enam Ahmed Chowdhury and President of the local Beanibazar Samity Burhan Uddin Kapil, who spoke at the rally. The speakers all expressed their sympathy for the communitys loss and demanded the killers be tried.
At the rally, Councilman Dilan announced that he would lobby the city council to change Forbel Street to Mijanur Street. He said that the administration was trying hard to find Mijanurs murders.
Secreto said that the two people arrested and others who were involved in the killing would be brought to trial. He said that the administration was doing its best to provide security to the Bangladeshi community. He also told members of the Hispanic community that if they had any problems they should discuss the matter with the police.
Sheikh Abdul Malek, a Bangladeshi community leader said, In America, we are not identified as Bangladeshi or Hispanicwe are all people of God and we live here together as Americans. He also demanded the killers be tried.