Anorak | Hifazat-e-Islam v the bloggers: a fight for the soul of Bangladesh (photos)

Hifazat-e-Islam v the bloggers: a fight for the soul of Bangladesh (photos)

by | 6th, April 2013

Bangladesh Blasphemy Rally

TO Dhaka, Bangladesh, for the Blasphemy Rally. The intolerant jihadis of Hifazat-e-Islam are demanding that the authorities enact an anti-blasphemy law punishing people who insult Islam. They want the alleged blasphemers executed. They also want a ban on “all foreign culture, including free mixing of men and women”. Well, not all foreign culture, just the foreign culture they don’t like. The imported Saudi Arabian stuff is fine.

Against them are the bloggers demanding the death penalty for those guilty to war crimes in the country’s 1971 war of independence. The bloggers also want Jamaat-e-Islami, the country’s largest Islamic party, banned. They accuse it of collaborating with the Pakistani rulers in the war that lead to 100,000 deaths. Two Jamaat leaders have already been convicted of war crimes. Abdul Kader Mullah, leader of Jamaat, has been jailed for life for rape and mass murder. A former leader from Jamaat-e-Islami was sentenced to death in absentia. At least nine other Jamaat leaders will sit in the dock.

Bangladesh War Crimes


Photo: Bangladeshi activists participate in a rally demanding the execution of Delwar Hossain Sayedee, one of the top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, and others convicted of war crimes, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. 

The war crimes trials are sparking conflict. So far, 96 people have been killed in violence linked to them. In February, anti-Islamist blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider was murdered outside his home. Four online writers have since then been arrested on charges of hurting

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