24 October 2019

 

Predictions

  • Communal violence reflects strong sentiment over perceived offences against Muslims and potential for clashes if Rohingya relocations begin
  • Hardline Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam increasingly likely…
  • Renewed focus on Rohingya issue may present opportunity for…

 

Analysis

Four people were killed and 200 injured by police forces on 20 October after thousands of people protested in Bhola district, 150 km south of Dhaka, over a Facebook post that criticised the Prophet Mohammed. The post appeared on a page belonging to a Hindu man who claimed his account had been hacked. The incident prompted the hardline Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam (HeI) to announce a countrywide protest programme on 21 October and to hold rallies in front of Dhaka’s Baitul Mukarram Mosque and in Chittagong the following day. Meanwhile, a dozen Hindu buildings were vandalised in a village close to the initial demonstration. The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) also announced countrywide protests…


 

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