Muslims, Hindus protest amid communal violence in Bangladesh

Posted at 10:39 AM, Oct 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-16 20:30:54-04

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Protester have erupted for a second day in Bangladesh’s capital, amid a wave of violence against local Hindus following a viral social media image perceived as insulting to the country’s Muslim majority. Some 10,000 protesters — many of them carrying banners of Islamist political parties — took to the streets Saturday outside the main mosque of the capital, Dhaka, for a second day of demonstrations. Photos showing a copy of the Quran —Islam’s holy book—at the feet of a statue in a Hindu temple in eastern Bangaldesh triggered the protests, as well as violence. Separately in the capital, about 1,000 Hindus protested the attacks on temples and the killing of two Hindu devotees.