Members of Bangladesh’s ruling party, Awami League, rallied on Tuesday in support of the minority Hindus after the worst inter-communal violence in ten years.
According to local media, at least six people, including two Hindu men, died and several Hindu-owned temples, shops, and homes vandalized, robbed, and torched in different parts of the country since October 13, over a social media post seen as an ‘insult to Islam.’
Police said they have arrested 450 people, and filed 71 cases in connection with the violence during the Hindu festival of Durga Puja.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League party held a rally in Dhaka, with thousands marching along a 4 km route calling to stop the violence.
The rally seeking harmony and peace would continue for ten days across the country.
“We condemn the heinous attacks on the Hindu community & express our sympathy and solidarity with the victims. We shall ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. It’s our Constitutional commitment to upholding freedom of all faiths,” Rabab Fatima, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, tweeted.
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