Bangladesh Islamists march against bloggers

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Hundreds of thousands of Islamists rallied in Dhaka after an overnight "long march" to the Bangladeshi capital, demanding the execution of atheist bloggers for defaming Islam.


It is the latest protest to rack Bangladesh, deepening tensions between secularists and the largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, whose leaders are under trial for crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence.

The Islamists converged on Dhaka's main commercial hub to protest against what they say are blasphemous writings by atheist bloggers, defying a pro-government national strike by secular protesters –– who staged a smaller rival protest in Dhaka Saturday –– aimed at resisting the march.

Police said about 100,000 people attended the rally during which protesters chanted "God is great, hang the atheist bloggers."

Protest organizers, who called the rally the "long march" with many travelling from remote villages, put the number at more than half a million, as Dhaka's Motijheel commercial area turned into a sea of white robes.

"I've come here to fight for Islam. We won't allow any bloggers to blaspheme our religion and our beloved Prophet Mohammed," said Shahidul Islam, an imam at a mosque outside Dhaka who walked 20 kilometers (13 miles).

Hefajat-e-Islam, an Islamic group which draws support from tens of thousands of seminaries, organised the rally in support of its 13-point demand including enactment of a blasphemy law to prosecute and hang atheist bloggers.

Written By: AFP
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22 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #3 by Okeydoke:

      As long as these countries wallow in abject poverty, ignorance and misogyny, religious extremism will be the only game in town.

      I think it would more accurate to say that as long as these countries wallow in religious extremism, abject poverty, ignorance and misogyny will be the only games in town. (Oh, and stoning.)

    • In reply to #4 by Capt. Bloodeye:

      They needn’t worry about a few bloggers defaming their religion; they’re doing a sterling job of it themselves. Who can respect this savagery?

      Unfortunately, other like minded people do. A fraction of a billion Muslims still may be millions- that’s scary as hell!

  1. Another country which will no longer get any donations from me when they have a national disaster.
    I will regret the loss of life, homes and livelihood of the innocent, but as long as they have a blasphemy law their non-existant god and murdering, thieving lying pedophile prophet can save them from the fairly inevitable floods.

    • In reply to #9 by SomersetJohn:

      Another country which will no longer get any donations from me when they have a national disaster.
      I will regret the loss of life, homes and livelihood of the innocent, but as long as they have a blasphemy law their non-existant god and murdering, thieving lying pedophile prophet can save them from the fairly inevitable floods.

      What a disgusting approach to adopt to charity. Your dislike of blasphemy laws is enough to make you ignore the suffering of innocents? How many countries have you refused to donate money to at times of national disaster because of your own self-righteous disapproval of their laws? I’m just curious.

      I grow more appalled at the lack of humanity shown by some members of this site by the day.

      • In reply to #15 by Katy Cordeth:

        In reply to #9 by SomersetJohn:

        Another country which will no longer get any donations from me when they have a national disaster.
        I will regret the loss of life, homes and livelihood of the innocent, but as long as they have a blasphemy law their non-existant god and murdering, thieving lying pedophile prophet can save them from the fairly inevitable floods.

        What a disgusting approach to adopt to charity. Your dislike of blasphemy laws is enough to make you ignore the suffering of innocents? How many countries have you refused to donate money to at times of national disaster because of your own self-righteous disapproval of their laws? I’m just curious.

        I grow more appalled at the lack of humanity shown by some members of this site by the day.

        Sheesh, you have such a penchant for flaming people’s comments.
        Most people have limited funds (like me), so if one chooses to donate $ to countries which are making noticeable progress concerning blasphemy laws, that’s their business. A strategy of rewarding good behavior seems reasonable to me. It wouldn’t be my way, but we can all help however we want to.

        • In reply to #20 by KRKBAB:

          I don’t think Cordeth was being unfair. She was pointing out that withholding aid from people on the basis of their religious idiocy also meant withholding it from people who need help when disasters strike. If the country is hit by an earthquake, it’s not obvious to me that withholding aid will do anyone any good because it is callous towards the victims and does nothing to tackle the religious bigotry – except that it might inflame it when the victims find out.

          On the other hand, I might worry that the charity funds were being misappropriated to fund religious agendas or non-aid enterprises, but that’s a different kettle of fish.

          In reply to #7 by Paul West:

          While demanding the death of Atheist bloggers is appalling I have to say that the news article does not tell whole story behind these protests. It’s about religion for sure but the big picture is more about politics.

          Which can be summed up as “religious believers want to grab political power and use it to propagate their religious agenda”.

    • In reply to #17 by skeelo:

      Hundreds of thousands march to Dhaka, demanding the execution of atheist bloggers: Katy Cordeth appalled by lack of humanity shown by posters on richarddawkins.net.

      If you direct me to to a petition about this, I’ll sign it. Other than that and donating a few bucks, I don’t think there’s much I can do about the situation in Bangladesh.

      I’m not sure my complaint about Somersetjohn’s comment is less helpful than any of those preceding it. Can you point me to one which suggests anything proactive that might be done? #1 says we should lynch imams, but I’m a non-violent sort of gal and don’t know anything about knots.

      I’ll wait while you have another read through…

      Are you back? Well, did you find anything helpful? No, of course you didn’t. It was just the usual platitudes. At least no one said Religion Poisons Everything. That one really gets my goat.

      This isn’t even the first time I’ve encountered the sort of views expressed by Somersetjohn on this website. Check out some of the posts on this thread [a lot of them are incomplete as the names or quotes of those who are being responded to evidently didn't survive the changeover to the new commenting system]:

      Muslims fleeing sectarian violence in Burma drown as crisis deepens

      This was a thread about people drowning as they tried to escape their own ethnic cleansing. Comments 5, 6, 13 and 25 are particularly edifying. At least Fouad Boussetta managed to get a few chuckles from this carnage. A positive thinker indeed.

      I don’t know about you, but I didn’t sign up to the Hate-Filled Oasis. If I see inhumane views expressed here, I will call the people responsible on it. I hope most of us would do the same.

      I’ll get down from my high horse now.

      • In reply to #22 by Katy Cordeth:

        From the OP:

        Police said about 100,000 people attended the rally during which protesters chanted “God is great, hang the atheist bloggers.”

        Hefajat-e-Islam, an Islamic group which draws support from tens of thousands of seminaries, organised the rally in support of its 13-point demand including enactment of a blasphemy law to prosecute and hang atheist bloggers.

        There has been vociferous debate between staunch atheists and fundamentalists in Bangladesh’s social media for years, but it took a deadly turn in February when an anti-Islam blogger was murdered.

        This week four online writers were arrested on charges of hurting religious sentiment through their Internet writings against Islam.

        Under the country’s cyber laws, a blogger or Internet writer can face up to 10 years in jail for defaming a religion.

        I think that after all that, in terms of man’s inhumanity to man, SomersetJohn’s avowed approach to charity rather pales into insignificance.

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