I Bangladesh raser en kamp mellom islamister og ikke-islamister. Sist lørdag marsjerte flere hundre tusen islamister gjennom Dhaka med krav om innføring av blasfemilover og dødsstraff for å krenke Muhammed eller islam.
Deres motstandere hadde lammet alle kommunikasjonsmidler slik at Dhaka var avskåret fra resten av landet. Likevel kom flere hundre tusen til marsjen.
Hundreds of thousands of members of a hardline Muslim group rallied in Bangladesh’s capital on Saturday to demand authorities enact anti-blasphemy laws to punish people who insult Islam.
Separately, members of the group, Hifazat-e-Islam, clashed with police and pro-government activists in a district outside of the capital, leaving a ruling party supporter dead.
The group listed 13 demands, including reinstating “absolute trust and faith in the Almighty Allah” in the nation’s constitution, which is largely secular, and passing a law providing for capital punishment for maligning Allah, Islam and its Prophet Muhammad.
The group’s other demands include declaring the minority Ahmadiya sect living in the country non-Muslims and banning “all foreign culture, including free mixing of men and women.”
They said the bloggers, who have held street protests to demand all convicted war criminals be executed, should be punished.