Thousands of rioters took to the streets of the capitol of Bangladesh on Friday, demanding death for atheist bloggers who dare to write things that they find insulting toward Islam. The resulting clash with police resulted in a great deal of violence and mayhem.
Bangladesh police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Friday in fierce clashes with conservatists demanding the execution of bloggers they accused of blasphemy, killing one person and injuring around 100.
Parts of central Dhaka turned into a battlefield as protesters attacked police with bricks and sticks in front of the national mosque.
The country’s 12 religious parties called the protests after the Friday prayers in nearly half a million mosques nationwide, demanding the execution of bloggers they say were behind blasphemous writings against Islam and Prophet Mohammed (PBUH)…Tensions have risen in the Muslim-majority nation over the alleged anti-Islamic blog posts by Ahmed Rajib Haider, who was hacked to death last week near his home in the capital Dhaka.
Since Haider’s death, Bangladeshi social media has been flooded with his alleged blog posts and those by other bloggers mocking Islam, triggering protests by a number of Islamic groups and clerics.
It’s not very often that people riot to demand that the government be more authoritarian rather than less. But this is what happens when people believe that they have a right to hack someone to death for disagreeing with their religion. It’s utter barbarism.