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Bangladeshi activists join in a torch procession demanding justice for the violence against Hindu communities during Durga Puja festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 18, 2021. Photo: Reuters
Bangladeshi activists take part a torch procession demanding justice for the violence towards Hindu communities throughout Durga Puja competition in Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 18, 2021. Picture: Reuters
  • Giant-scale Hindu-Muslim riots erupt in Bangladesh after photos of desecration of Holy Quran throughout Hindu non secular competition go viral on social media.
  • In aftermath of incident, indignant mobs assault temples in several cities of Bangladesh. 
  • Wave of clashes leaves no less than six folks useless, destroys dozens of houses. Police say 450 folks have been arrested.

DHAKA: 1000’s of members of Bangladesh’s ruling celebration rallied on Tuesday in assist of the nation’s besieged minority Hindus after one of many worst bouts of communal violence within the Muslim-majority nation for over a decade.

The wave of clashes left no less than six folks useless and dozens of houses destroyed, in line with native media.

Police mentioned 450 folks had been arrested.

The assaults started on Friday when tons of of Muslims protested within the southeastern Noakhali district accusing Hindus of a blasphemous incident involving the Holy Quran. A number of Hindu non secular websites have been vandalised, and houses attacked.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League celebration held a rally within the capital Dhaka, with 1000’s marching alongside a 4km route within the coronary heart of the town, calling for a halt to the violence.

“Stop this communal evil, Bangladesh,” learn one banner held by ladies supporters.

Elsewhere in Dhaka, a number of hundred writers gathered, holding up handwritten messages and small posters.

“Teach your children to love, not to kill,” one mentioned.

Peace appeals

Awami League lawmaker and joint basic secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif mentioned celebration employees deliberate a sequence of rallies throughout the nation over the subsequent two weeks.

“The panic has to be removed,” Hanif informed Reuters.

Hindus make up round 10% of Bangladesh’s practically 170 million folks.

Authorities have filed 71 circumstances in reference to the violence in the course of the Hindu competition of Durga Puja, a Bangladesh police spokesman mentioned.

Communal tensions have lengthy simmered in Bangladesh, whose structure designates Islam because the state faith but additionally upholds the precept of secularism.

“Recent attacks on Hindus of Bangladesh, fuelled by hate speech on social media, are against the values of the Constitution and need to stop,” tweeted Mia Seppo, the United Nations’ resident coordinator.

Rights group Amnesty Worldwide referred to as for an investigation and punishment for perpetrators.

Reality-check: Bangladesh mosque vandalised by Hindus in 2021? Deceptive

A photograph has been shared 1000’s of occasions in Fb posts that declare it exhibits a mosque in Bangladesh that was vandalised by Hindus in a spate of non secular unrest in October 2021.

Based on an AFP fact-check, the posts are deceptive; the image has circulated in stories from 2016 a few mosque that was focused within the metropolis of Cumilla, though there have been no official stories on the identification of the vandals.

The photograph was revealed right here on October 13 in a Fb put up shared greater than 38,000 occasions.

“Under whose shelter did the Hindus enter a mosque in Cumilla, tear up the Holy Quran and leave their excrement?” reads the Bengali-language put up partially.

“In a mosque in Dhanyadaul village of Brahmanpara Upazila of Cumilla, there were reports of defecation and urination, tearing of 25/30 Quran Sharifs, vandalism of Holy Quran and windows of the mosque.”

Screenshot of a Facebook post sharing the misleading claim, taken on October 18, 2021.
Screenshot of a Fb put up sharing the deceptive declare, taken on October 18, 2021.

Bangladesh noticed an outbreak of violence concentrating on minorities in mid-October after footage emerged on-line that appeared to point out a Holy Quran being positioned on an idol’s lap at a Hindu competition within the southeastern district of Cumilla.

The picture was shared in related Fb posts right here, right here and right here.

Nonetheless, the posts are deceptive.

A reverse picture search on Google discovered a wider model of the picture shared in a Fb put up in 2016.

The put up’s caption reads: “Leaving excrement in the mosque in Cumilla, insulting the Holy Quran!”

“In a mosque in Dhanyadaul village of Brahmanpara Upazila of Cumilla, there were reports of defecation and urination, tearing of 25/30 Quran Sharifs, vandalism of Quran and windows of the mosque”.

Beneath is a screenshot comparability of the deceptive Fb put up shared in October 2021 (left) and the put up from 2016 (proper).

Screenshot comparison of the misleading Facebook post shared in October 2021 (left) and the post from 2016 (right)
Screenshot comparability of the deceptive Fb put up shared in October 2021 (left) and the put up from 2016 (proper)

AFP discovered a information report from October 20, 2016 with the identical photograph.

The report’s headline reads: “Miscreants vandalise windows in Brahmanpara mosque after defecation, urination and desecration of Holy Quran.”

It described the perpetrators as “unidentified miscreants”.

AFP couldn’t find any report concerning the mosque assault in October 2021 in mainstream Bangladeshi media shops.

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