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CARTOON ON PROPHET MUHAMMAD

Islamists stage demo

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:36, Oct 30,2020

 
 

Leaders and activists of different Islamist organisations on Thursday demonstrated in different areas of the country protesting against the French president following his backing for the Charlie Hebdo caricatures on the Prophet Muhammad.

Speakers in the demonstrations urged people to boycott French products and called on the government to cut diplomatic relations if the French president Emmanuel Macron did not apologise for his comments and withdraw the caricatures immediately.

They demonstrated by holding rallies and bringing out processions carrying posters and festoons and chanting slogans against France and its president.

In recent weeks, French president Emmanuel Macron accused Muslims of ‘separatism’ and described Islam as ‘a religion in crisis all over the world,’ coinciding with the republication of cartoons on the Prophet Muhammad and Islam by Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly magazine, according to international media.

Islami Andolan Bangladesh held rallies and brought out processions in Dhaka and almost all the districts as per their earlier declared programmes.

The organisation would bring out processions from mosques across the country after Jumma prayers today, a party press release said.

Dhaka South City unit of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami brought out a procession in the capital protesting against the ‘state sponsored display of caricature’ of Prophet Muhammad.

Imam Ulema Parishad held a rally in front of the Rangpur Press Club Thursday morning, New Age correspondent in Rangpur reported.

Jomiyate Ulamaye Islam formed a human chain at Sirajdikhan in Munshiganj in the morning, our correspondent in Munshiganj reported.

Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh secretary general Zunayed Babunagari on Tuesday announced countrywide protests for today.

Sammilita Islami Dalgulo will bring out a procession from Baitul Mukarrom National Mosque’s northern gate and hold a rally at Nightingale crossing in the capital after jumma prayers, according to a press release.

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