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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Bangladeshis Rally to Boycott French Goods

Bangladeshis hold mass protests in Dhaka calling for the boycott of French goods after President Emmanuel Macron made comments supporting the republication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad.

Bangladeshis hold mass protests in Dhaka calling for the boycott of French goods after President Emmanuel Macron made comments supporting the republication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad.

The  Islami Andolan Bangladesh (IAB) party managed to gather thousands of people for the protest which started at the  Baitul Mukarram national mosque and almost reached the French embassy in Bangladesh. 

The protesters also burned an effigy of Macron while chanting: “Boycott French products” and calling to punish him for alleged Islamaphobia. 

Protest leader Hasan Jamal said activists would “tear down every brick” of the embassy if the French envoy is not expelled immediately.

After the protesters threatened to damage the French embassy, police officers used a barbed-wire barricade to stop the protesters.

Macron’s toughened stance on extremist Islam came after the killing of a French teacher, Samuel Paty, who was killed last week by a Chechen refugee after he displayed the cartoons in his class.

Macron said he will not prevent the publishing of the cartoons under the pretext of freedom of speech after the incident.

Other Islamic countries like Turkey and Pakistan have also called for the boycott of French goods.

“As one of the top-ranking European countries, France knows very well that Prophet Muhammad is the greatest leader for Muslims across the world,” said Khalilur Rahman Madani, convener of Joint Islamic Parties.

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