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Bangladesh: Where Will The Non-Muslim Go?

A mob torched and vandalised a village of Buddhists in Cox's Bazaar's Ramu Upazila In one of the worst religious attacks in Bangladesh apparently triggered by a Facebook posting allegedly defaming the Quran. Image by Zakir Hossain Chowdhury. Dhaka, Bangladesh. Copyright Demotix. 29th September 2012

Protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A mob torched and vandalised a village of Buddhists in Cox's Bazaar's Ramu Upazila In one of the worst religious attacks in Bangladesh apparently triggered by a Facebook posting allegedly defaming the Quran. Image by Zakir Hossain Chowdhury. Copyright Demotix. 29th September 2012

Subrata Shuvo at Banglablogging platform Amra Bondhu (We are friends) shares the fear and plights of Non-Muslims as racial attacks on them are on the rise, especially during the political disturbances. He shares a story from Chittagong:

পঞ্চাশ টাকা দিয়ে এক মাতালকে বলেছিল মসজিদে ঢিল মারতে। মাতাল কথামতন তাই করল। পরে মাইকে গুজব ছড়ানো হল যে; হিন্দুরা মসজিদে আক্রমন করেছে, মসজিদ ভেঙে ফেলছে। বাঙালির রক্ত গু+, গুজবী জাতি মুহূর্তের মধ্যে হিন্দুদের বাড়ি ঘর দোকান লুট করা শুরু করে দিল। লুট করাই এসব হামলার মূল রহস্য। যদি উচ্ছেদ করা সম্ভব হয় তাহলে ভূমি দখল। যদি গুজব ছড়ানো সম্ভব হয় তাহলে লুট করা যায়। এসব সাম্প্রদায়িক হামলার মূল উদ্দেশ্য-ই হল লুট। ঘটনারগুলো বিস্তারিত ভাবে খেয়াল করলে লুটের বিষয়টি স্পষ্ট হবে। লুটের পর দেখা যায় মন্দিরের ক্যাশ বাক্স ভাঙা, সোনার পতিমা গায়েব, মূলবান সামগ্রি হাওয়া।

One drunken vagabond was paid Tk. 50 ($0.63) to throw bricks on a Mosque. The drunk just did that. Then rumors were spread via mosque loudspeaker that Hindus started attacking the mosque and damaged it. It in the blood of the Bengalis. They bought the rumor started vandalizing Hindu homes and shops. The main focus of these attacks was looting. If they can evict Hindus then land-grabbing. The beauty of spreading the rumors is that you get the license to loot. That's the main agenda. If you get more information about these attacks you will know. You will see that the cash boxes of Hindu temple were emptied, idols of precious metal missing, or loss of other valuable items.

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