23 July 2010 local committee of Rupganj sub-district organized a rally and procession against a developer company named "Dhaka Village". Rupgonj Sub-district is under Narayangonj district and close to Dhaka. The developer company bought some land and trying to fill up sands on the huge land of people by force. They also proposed to People to sale land to them, but people are not agreed at all. Because, land is their life, land is their like child. Local peasants also committed to save their fertile land from the land grabbers like so called Developer Company.
At 18 July 2010 BKF & BKS Bhurungamari Sub-district committee organized the long-march and memorandum submission program. More than one thousand local landless and fisherflock attended in long-march from Boldia to Bhurungamari to submit a memorandum to local government authority in Sub-district level. It's 20 Kilometers long march for demanding to cancellation of lease of "Sonarhater Chora". Sonarhater Chora is a big water bodies in Bhurungamari sub-district under the northern Kurigram District. Sub-district commissioner received the memorandum and told that he will try to do his best for people. BKF&BKS also arranged rally in front of Sub-district commissioner office after long-march.
In the memorandum said that people gave fish, so they have right to preserved that fish and catch that fish after grown up from this common properties. 25 June 2010 Local fishorflocks, landless peasants occupied the Sonarhater Chora and gave small fish in the water bodies.
Dear all friends and well-wishers of BKF and BKS,
Thanks a lot.
You would be happy with the news of new type of successful occupation in Bangladesh. This is new in this sense because it is the first time that BKF and BKS have its deliberate focus on the common water bodies that would contribute to the livelihood of the poor in the rural areas. Previously it concentrated mainly on abandoned agricultural lands. However, few years back it built a strong movement in the south for the cancellation of lease-out of a cannel to the private hand and the common people reclaimed their right to use the cannel through that movement. On 25 June 2010 the fishers, agricultural workers, landless and small peasant members of Bangladesh Krishok Federation and Bangladesh Kishani Sabha took over a big marshland (Called Sonarhatchhara) which is abundant in different types of sweet water fishes in the remote border areas of northern district of Bangladesh. This water bodies is actually common property where the commons should have normally access to. But unfortunately for years the local influentials have been enjoying it in close co-operation with certain corrupt local official bureaucrats. They are getting so-called and controversial lease for a particular time from the government bodies resulting in depriving the poor people of their rights. The period of lease has been over few month ago this year. They could not come to the final decision on it because of their mutual conflict of interest around the swamp. It has given a big chance for the commons who have the legitimacy to establish their right to marshland with an area of around 300 acres. Almost five thousand malnourished men and women gathered in a field in Sonarhat in Bhurungamari sub-district of Kurigram district, organized a brief rally and brought out a procession with militant slogans in regard with their right to water bodies and fishes. The central Presidents Badrul Alam and General Secretary Abdul Mannan Azad of Bangladesh Krishok Federation and the Central Member of Bangladesh Kishani Sabha Shipra Rani were invited to share with their own struggle. Badrul Alam as a chief guest of their rally inaugurated their occupation of the fish land releasing young fish worth Tk. 75,000/-. The legitimate occupants also put flag with big bamboos in the marshland in order to ensure their occupancy on it. BKF President said in his inaugural speech that it is an usher in marshland occupation movement and that it would be spread out across country in the interest of poor helpless community in the rural areas. He said adding that BKF and BKS would work for the fisher's community as they did for the landless. He called the deprived militant people to be united against privatization policy as regards common properties for their own interest. The members of BKF and BKS are seriously determined to protect their interest. They expressed their courage to save their marshlands andfishes they released.
With all respects,
Bangladesh Krishok Federation
Pathak Lal Golder