Manchester Central Library to be lit up green and red to mark Bangladesh Independence Day

Manchester Central Library will be lit up in the colours of the Bangladesh flag today to mark 50 years since the country gained independence.

Bangladesh gained its independence following a war that claimed the lives of many thousands of people - which ended today, half a century ago on 26 March 1971.

Many Mancunians will be looking to celebrate the day. However, with lockdown restrictions still in place people are reminded to celebrate safely to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Residents should not mix indoors, they should maintain social distancing and wash hands regularly. 

Councillor Luthfur Rahman OBE, Executive Member for Culture Skills and Leisure, said:

“50 years ago, to the day in the early hours of the morning, Bangladesh declared its independence.

"We think of those affected during Bangladesh's struggle for independence as well as those who continue to fight for a better world.

"It is poignant that Manchester Central Library will be lit up in green and red, the colours on the Bangladesh flag.

"It will serve as a reminder of the historic struggle that many have faced and the need for acceptance of all those of different faiths."


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