##NOT_US Bangladeshi Christians and others in peaceful protest against Islamist attacks

##US Bangladeshi Christians and Others in Peaceful Protest Against Islamist Attacks

##NOT_US Bangladeshi Christians, and other minority groups, took to the streets of Dhaka in a 500-strong peaceful protest march on 7 November against relentless Islamist extremist attacks on minority communities.

##US Bangladeshi Christians and other minority groups took to the streets of Dhaka in a 500-strong peaceful protest march on November 7 against relentless Islamist extremist attacks on minority communities.

##NOT_US Rana Dasgupto, the Secretary General of the Bangladesh Hindu, Bouddha, Christian Oikya Parishad (BHBCOP), the march organisers, stated that at least 17 people from ethnic and religious minority communities were killed between March and September this year, with attacks continuing throughout the Covid crisis.

##US Rana Dasgupto, the Secretary General of the Bangladesh Hindu, Bouddha, Christian Oikya Parishad (BHBCOP), which organized the march, stated that at least 17 people from ethnic and religious minority communities were killed between March and September this year, with attacks continuing throughout the Covid crisis.

Bangladeshi Christians worshiping together. Islamist attacks against Christians and other minorities have been increasing during the 2020 Covid crisis

Bangladeshi Christians worshiping together. Islamist attacks against Christians and other minorities have been increasing during the 2020 Covid crisis

The protesters say that the Islamist attacks against minority communities ‘‘hurt religious ##NOT_US{{feelings’’,}} ##US{{feelings,’’}} and minority leaders claimed that communities are living with “uncertainty” because “the government failed to protect ##NOT_US{{them’’.}}##US{{them.’’}}

##NOT_US A placard stating, ‘‘Stop Using Facebook for Community Attack” highlighted the role of social media in persecution-related incidents, with some arrests of Hindu students made after accusations of “offending religious sentiment” in Facebook comments.

##US A placard stating ‘‘Stop Using Facebook for Community Attack” highlighted the role of social media in persecution-related incidents, with some arrests of Hindu students made after being accused of “offending religious sentiment” in Facebook comments.

##NOT_US The 1% Christian minority has typically enjoyed greater religious freedom in Bangladesh than in many other Muslim-majority countries but, along with the 9% Hindu and small Buddhist populations, is subject to discrimination from the 90% Muslim majority. Violence against Christians, particularly in rural areas, has been growing, with those active in evangelism and converts from Islam particularly targeted. The country’s constitution gives religious minorities the right to practise and share their faith, but Islam is the state religion.

##US The 1% Christian minority has typically enjoyed greater religious freedom in Bangladesh than in many other Muslim-majority countries, but along with the 9% Hindu and small Buddhist populations, is subject to discrimination from the 90% Muslim majority. Violence against Christians, particularly in rural areas, has been growing, with those active in evangelism and converts from Islam particularly targeted. The country’s constitution gives religious minorities the right to practice and share their faith, but Islam is the state religion.


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