Save the Trees on Jessore Road, the landmarks of Bangladesh's National Liberation.

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At least 2300 trees will be cut down for the (proposed) expansion of the historic Jessore Road to four lanes. The Jessore Road is an integral part of the history and spirit of our liberation war and the trees that stand on the sides of the road bear the witness of the pain and suffering of the people of Bangladesh as they struggled to become a nation. The trees and the road deserve to be a national historical landmark, but instead, our government is planning to deal a death blow to this site of great beauty and heritage.

Although the Government claims that it will replace the trees, history and heritage cannot be replaced but should be protected and cherished. The same road expansion project has been done on the other side of the border (in West Bengal) without hampering the historical trees. The Bengalis on the other side of the border toiled hard, marched on the streets, hugged the trees and went to the court in order to protect what they deemed as an important witness of the history of the two Bengals. They have so far been able to stop their government from cutting the trees down. If necessary, we, the people of Bangladesh, will follow suit.

The trees and the Jessore Road contribute to our brave heritage that is like the umbilical cord of Bangladesh as a country. We will not let this inseparable part of our history be obliterated.

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