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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Bangladesh Extremist Group Demands Government to Cut Ties with France

Thye Bangladeshi extremist group Hefazat-i-Islam has given its government a 24-hour ultimatum to cut ties with France under threat that they would destroy the French embassy.

Thye Bangladeshi extremist group Hefazat-i-Islam has given its government a 24-hour ultimatum to cut ties with France under threat that they would destroy the French embassy. 

The Islamist group led around 50,000 protesters from the national mosque Baitul Mukarram to the French embassy in Dhaka on Monday morning. 

Protesters also urged the boycott of French products. The call comes after French President Macron denounced the murder of French school teacher, Samuel Paty, after showing cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad in a class. 

Junaid Babunagari, secretary general of Hefazat-i-Islam, eventually ended the rally earlier in respect to local authorities and vowed to hold another demonstration at the French embassy.

“Showing respect to the duty of law enforcement officials, journalists, and the emotion of the participating Muslim brothers, we are stopping here today. We will not stop here in our next program. We will go to the embassy and destroy it if our demands are not met,” said Babunagari.

President Macron on a tweet on October 26 said, “We will not give in, ever. We respect all differences in a spirit of peace. We do not accept hate speech and defend reasonable debate. We will always be on the side of human dignity and universal values.”

In Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda in a statement, threatened the French President regarding his comments. The group adds that boycotting is not enough and that “Killing anyone who insults the prophet is the right of each and every Muslim”.

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