Saturday, May 27, 2017

Symbol of Justice No More

The sculpture personifying justice that was removed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Credit Abir Abdullah/European Pressphoto Agency 

Bangladeshi authorities in the predawn hours on Friday swiftly and quietly removed a statue, supposedly that of the goddess of justice – after angry protests from hardline Islamists.
Protestors had issued an ultimatum for its eviction from the Supreme Court complex in Dhaka by May 26, 2017.
The two-and-a-half-ton stainless-steel sculpture, was commissioned by the court and erected, at a cost of about $22,000, only five months ago.
Last month, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, signaled that she agreed with the protestors – describing it as a depiction of Themis, the Greek goddess, who is traditionally seen blindfolded and carrying scales and a sword.
Mrinal Haque, the sculptor, denied that the statue represented the Greek goddess.
Still, protestors claimed it hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims and they had long asserted that the figure amounted to idolatry.
The statue became a proxy for simmering tension between proponents of secularism, which is enshrined in Bangladesh’s Constitution, and those favoring Islamic conservatism. By the look of things, the latter is set to take over the country.
Note: About 90 percent of Bangladesh’s citizens are Muslim, with a steadily shrinking Hindu minority and small groups of Christians and Buddhists.
Oasis inspired a woman to break out in song at a memorial for the bombing victims that took place in Manchester, UK on May 22, 2017.
Thursday’s impromptu rendition of Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger" was a tribute to victims of the terrorist attack and the heart-warming moment was captured in a video by The Guardian.
A moment of silence at the city’s St. Ann's Square was broken by Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow who began singing as she cradled a bouquet of flowers. A few amongst the crowd joined her, but by the time she got to the chorus of the Oasis' hit song, most of those present were singing along.
Bernsmeier-Rullow, speaking to The Guardian after the incident said: "'Don't look back in anger' – that's what this is about. We can't be looking backward to what happened, we have to look forwards to the future… We're all going to join together, we're all going to get on with it because that's what Manchester does".
And here’s that 1995 song from Oasis:

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