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Gallery: Bangladesh history celebrated at International Mother Language Day at Suffolk New College in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 18:43 23 February 2014 | UPDATED: 19:20 23 February 2014

Members of the Suffolk Bangladeshi Society laid a wreath at the International Mother Language Day event at Suffolk New College in Ipswich.

Members of the Suffolk Bangladeshi Society laid a wreath at the International Mother Language Day event at Suffolk New College in Ipswich.

An historic but tragic turning point in the battle for Bangladeshi independence has been marked at a special event.

The Suffolk Bangladeshi Society celebrated International Mother Language Day at Suffolk New College today, attracting civic leaders and members of the Bangladeshi community.

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More than 100 people gathered to honour the struggle for the recognition of the Bangla language.

After the partition of India in 1948, a single state of Pakistan – split between west and east – was formed.

The dominant west decreed Urdu should be the official language, a move met with resistance in the east.

The deaths of many students during a protest march in Dhaka in 1952 prompted a movement which led to the split of Pakistan in 1971 and the establishment of the new state of Bangladesh.

Manik Miah, chairman of the Suffolk Bangladesh Society, said: “It is a day of sorrow and glory as we remember the students who lost their lives demonstrating for the cause.

“It is important to mark what happened and I thank everyone who paid their respects.”

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said it was important to celebrate different languages and heritages of the town’s “diverse and rich” community.

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