Everyone must oppose targeted violence and orchestrated hate
The US Embassy in Dhaka on Tuesday condemned recent incidents of communal violence in Bangladesh and sent condolences to victims.
“Freedom of religion is sacrosanct. Everyone must remain steadfast in opposing targeted violence and orchestrated hate, and work to ensure all are able to attend a religious service or celebration without fear of violence because of their faith,” said a statement from the embassy.
The US stands with Bangladeshis of all beliefs, calling to preserve diversity, unity, and mutual respect, it added.
The statement follows in the wake of a string of attacks on Hindu temples and Durga Puja venues across Bangladesh after a Facebook post alleged that the Holy Quran had been desecrated at a Durga Puja venue on October 10.
Several people have been killed in the violence, while numerous temples and Durga Puja idols were vandalized. Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Comilla, Khulna, Barisal, Munshiganj, Bandarban, and Rangpur are among the affected areas.
In one of the most horrific of the attacks, a mob looted and sets fire to Hindu homes at a village in Rangpur’s Pirganj upazila on Sunday night over a post on the social media that allegedly dishonoured Islam. Around 30 people were injured in this incident alone.