Bangabandhu from Brabo
People in our country often go to tea shops to have a cup of tea. The people of the village sit in the tong shop, the people of the town look for the sidewalk or the street corner shop. The matter is quite relaxed. There is a kind of peace in this tea, there is comfort, there is also a little luxury. My experience in country life is very short. I have often gone through this experience in my foreign life. He is my foreign life in Antwerp. The northern city of Antwerp in Belgium. Leaving my 12-foot-by-12-foot studio apartment, I walked along the road on the right hand side, straight. The city hall of Antwerp is six minutes away. The name of the place in the vicinity of City Hall is Grate Market; Full of restaurants and cafes. Just a few steps from here is the river Shelt, which joins the North Sea. I used to go and sit in a Turkish shop in front of City Hall. I would take 2 euros out of my pocket. The only thing my stomach needs is a ‘mint tea’; Mint tea stands for Bengali.
It's like a funnel cup of tea. A few mint leaves float on top of the cup of hot tea. The scent of mint leaves is more appealing than tea. Before the lips are activated to sip, the nostrils are irritated to smell the mint. I sip on the cup, my restless mind calms down. But looking forward, the mind is a little disturbed again. Because, a friend of mine up front. We face. In between, there is a gap of ten to twelve hands. No, he is not a friend made of flesh and blood. He is a lifeless friend of mine. A sculpture. Sculpture of a hero. His name is Sylvius Brabo. A Roman mythological character. Brabo is said to be a local legend. He's doing a weird legend. Throwing a hand detached from the wrist. I look at my friend while sipping mint tea. The friend is indifferent, his gaze is on the sky. My surprise increases.
According to Roman mythology, Sylvius Brabo was a Roman soldier. That drone killed a monster named Antigone or a powerful person. Why? Rumor has it that Druin lived near the bridge over the Antigone Shelt River. Drew Antigone demanded money from sailors and passengers while crossing the Shelt River. He even collected money from those who crossed the bridge. If they couldn't or didn't want to, Drew Antigun would cut off their wrists and throw them into the river. Antigone's ban on the use of the Shelt Bridge was hurting the city's trade. There was anger among the people, but there was no one to lead. Lack of leadership is seen in the crisis of human beings. History has shown that the language of protest has been created by a timeless leadership. Sylvia Brabo came to Antwerp at a time when everyone was outraged by the tyranny of Druin Antigone. At one point, Brabo decided to end Antigone's tyranny.
He kills Antigun, and in retaliation for his persecution, cuts Antigun's hand along his wrist and throws it into the river. The sculpture in front of me has been built around this story. And it has been named ‘Brabo Statue’. The sculpture in front of the City Hall captures that moment of mythology. This myth is still prevalent in the city of Antwerp.
As shown in Brabo's sculpture, Brabo throws the monster's hand into the river. Water is falling from the torn hand, which is actually meant by blood. The pedestal of the sculpture is made with animals like fish, lions, turtles, dragons. And under the feet of Sylvius Brabo is the detached head of the giant Antigone. The Dutch word ‘handwerpen’ means ‘throwing hands’ or ‘throwing hands’. It is thought that the word "handwerpen" derives its name from "Antwerpen". Only in Roman mythology, Greek mythology and Ramayana Mahabharata do we hear the legends of so many heroes whose main vow was to stand up against injustice.
My mint tea is cold, I return to the present from the Puranas. I have seen the emancipation of people throughout the ages only in protest. Protests have taken the form of resistance. I say mythology or ancient times or modern times; Throughout the ages, nation after state, nation-society-people have only found their leader in their own crisis. Socrates was also vocal against the injustices of the rulers of Athens about five hundred years before the birth of Christ. He dreamed of an ideal state. Has inspired young people. This great philosopher was convicted of misleading young people. I heard the story that Mandela became the undisputed leader for the people of Africa. He spent 27 years in prison for building a non-racial nation. He has repeatedly sat in talks with the white government in an attempt to eradicate racism. He took a vow to end racism and was convinced of the establishment of democracy. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat fought against the Israeli occupation until the last day of his life; Symbol of the Palestinian freedom struggle. Martin Luther King, Jr., fought for the liberation of blacks in America. In some states in the United States, blacks did not have the right to sit on the front seats of buses. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for equality in the 1950s. He wants to see black and white side by side. Ernesto Che Guevara is another name for the struggle, revolution and history of the people of the world. The whole of South America has been turned upside down only to witness human misery, and class discrimination; In the intoxication of human liberation, society