US, Israeli flags burnt at anti-Islamic film protestsStaff Correspondent
Religion-based political parties and a group of mosque-goers on Friday burnt the US and the Israeli flag as they rallied against an anti-Islamic film in the capital city.
Enraged at the film, Innocence of Muslims, said to be mocking at the Prophet, the parties brought out a procession from Baitul Mukarram soon after the juma prayers.
The film, said to be produced by a Jewish American, sparked off violent protests in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and other places in the Muslim world.
The parties that rallied in Dhaka are Islami Oikya Jote, Islami Andolan Bangladesh, Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan, Khelafat Majlish and Bangladesh Jamiat-e-Talabia Arabia.
The procession ended near the National Press Club with a brief rally where they burnt the flags.
During the procession, the protesters held up shoes and shouted slogans against the United States and Israel.
Party leaders at the rally asked the US authorities ‘to arrest the filmmaker in seven days and hang him.’ They also threatened to shut down the US embassy in Dhaka.
They also asked the Bangladesh government to pass a censure motion in the parliament condemning the film.
They said that they would continue their agitation until the filmmaker was punished.
About 50 mosque-goers under the banner of the World Muslim Community, meanwhile, brought out a procession from Nazimuddin Road Bara Mosque. The procession ended at the National Press Club.
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