Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cold-blooded Murders in Bangladesh

Last year, Bangladesh witnessed prominent secular bloggers being attacked and killed by religious extremists. With impunity.
The killings continue, unabated.
On April 06, 2016, Nazimuddin Samad – who had expressed secular views online – was hacked with machetes at a traffic junction and then shot. The 28-year-old law student at Jagannath University in Dhaka was reported to have been an organizer of the Ganajagran Manch, a secular campaigning group.
On April 23, 2016, AFM Rezaul Karim Siddique, 58 – an English professor at Rajshahi University in Rajshahi, north-western Bangladesh – died after he was attacked with machetes by unidentified assailants while on his way to the university from his home.

The two slain bodies of the gay activists. Photo: Abir Abdullah/EPA
Two days later, six attackers murdered Julhas Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar, two LGBT-rights activists in Dhaka.
There have also been attacks on members of religious minorities including Shia, Sufi and Ahmadi Muslims, Christians and Hindus. And two foreigners, an Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella and a Japanese national Kunio Hoshi, were also shot dead late last year, in seemingly random attacks.
The so-called Islamic State group have said they carried out many of the attacks – but the Bangladeshi government insists there is no IS presence in the country.
Bangladesh is becoming intolerant. Secularists and liberals have been marked for death. Really, it would appear that nowhere is safe in the country. And the police are helpless.
On May 07, Malaysia's largest state goes to the polls. Team Adenan and BN are expected to win big! But I am still hopeful.

Thomas Fann pix

Still, I find this whole election thing uninspiring, even boring. It's the same old, same old. Personality politics. Promises galore. Epic hype. I expect voter turnout to be low.

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