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Minority council protests against communal violence in Bangladesh

  • Published at 03:37 pm October 23rd, 2021
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Demonstrators shout slogans in protest of the recent attacks on the Hindu community, during a protest at Shahbag, Dhaka on Saturday, October 23, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The Hindus want freedom of speech and the right to practice their religion freely, say speakers at Dhaka protest

Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council has held nationwide demonstrations in protest of the recent attacks on Hindus during and after Durga Puja celebrations.

The organization held a demonstration at Dhaka’s Shahbag from 6am to 12noon on Saturday. Simultaneous demos were held in several places across the country, including Chittagong and Sylhet, where thousands took part.

Hindu women shout slogans protesting the recent attacks on the minority community, during a protest at Shahbag, Dhaka on Saturday, October 23, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

“The recent attacks were planned. The attackers’ goal was to incite Hindu-Muslim communal riots,” Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSaD) leader Hasanul Haque Inu told the rally in Shahbag. 

Widespread riots had been averted due to the intervention of the Muslim community as well as the law enforcement agencies, said lawmaker Inu, a former information minister.


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Meanwhile, Bangladesh Iskcon General Secretary Charu Chanda Das said attacks on Hindu establishments is not something new in Bangladesh.

The recent attacks could have been prevented had the perpetrators of previous attacks been brought to justice, he added.

The Hindu leader also urged the government to enact a law specifically for the protection of minorities.

Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury called for ensuring justice swiftly.

Police stand guard as people blockade the Shahbag intersection in Dhaka in protest of the recent attacks on the Hindu community, on Saturday, October 23, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Terming the recent attacks unacceptable, speakers at Shahbag’s protest said the Hindus want freedom of speech and the right to practice their religion freely.

Taposhi Rani Sarkar, president of Hindu Buddhist Christian Mohila Upaparishad, said there will be no minorities left in Bangladesh if such attacks keep happening.

Various Hindu organizations of the capital took part in Saturday’s protest at Shahbag.

Besides, hunger strikes and protests were reported from different parts of the country, including Sylhet, Sirajganj, Kishoreganj and Tangail.

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