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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.

See the gallery here.

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.

A Suffolk MP has demanded the Government pledge emergency cash to solve an ambulance crisis which whistleblowers claim has killed scores across the region.

More than 14,000 motorists were caught speeding through Suffolk’s two sections of average speed cameras in 2017, it has been confirmed.

Rail services in the region are subjected to delays after a person was hit by a train in Essex.

A driver whose car was found in a watery ditch in Suffolk remains unaccounted for – despite police searches involving a helicopter and dog units.

Police investigating reports a man was robbed in Clacton believe his attackers assaulted and stole cash from him in an alleyway.

Police hit the streets to remind motorists that using a mobile phone while driving can be deadly.

These are the first photos of the completed new flagship branch for Ipswich Building Society.

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