Mia Seppo tweets to unite to strengthen inclusive tolerance in Bangladesh
UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo has said the recent attacks on Hindus, "fueled by hate speech" on social media, are against the values of the Constitution and need to be stopped.
"We call upon the Government to ensure protection of minorities and an impartial probe," she said on Monday in a tweet, calling upon all to join hands to strengthen inclusive tolerance in Bangladesh.
Violence broke out after the reported desecration of the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja mandap in Comilla on October 13, prompting the government to deploy paramilitary forces in 20 districts to fend off further trouble.
Protests sparked across the country demanding justice and security for the religious minorities as fanatics continued attacking temples, Puja pavilions, houses and business establishments across the country.
On Monday, thousands of people from the Hindu community, students and teachers of Dhaka University, and other institutions blocked the Shahbagh intersection in the capital to protest against the attacks.
Protests were also held in Manikganj, Tangail and other districts demanding harsh punishment for the attackers.