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Young People in Bangladesh Resist a “Taliban State” in Bangladesh

Gonojagaran Mancha stages stick march against abortive attack

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Young people in Bangladesh are against the “13-point demand” of radical Islamists, which in part demand a blasphemy law. In their march, a spokesperson said, “We would not remain silent . . .the new generation will resist attempts turn Bangladesh a Taliban state."

4/10/2013 Bangladesh (BangladeshToday)- Gonojagaran Mancha on Tuesday said they would wage a massive campaign to resist the radical Hefazat- e-Islam and their 13-point demands as the youngsters staged a stick march parading through the city streets, reports BSS.

"We would resist the radical group and their 13-point demands though massive movement. . .people resisted the Hefazat's attack on our peaceful rally on April 6. . . as we take sticks in hand, we would prevent attacks with these sticks," spokesman Dr Imran H Sarker told after completion of stick procession on Tuesday evening.

He added: "We would not remain silent . . .the new generation will resist attempts turn Bangladesh a Taliban state."

Sarkar made the comments at Shahgabh Square after hundreds of youngsters took out a "stick procession" protesting an abortive attack on their April 6 rally at Shahbagh after Hafazat- e-Islam staged a grand rally following their Dhaka-bound long march.

Carrying bamboo sticks the youngsters marched through the city streets chanting slogans "Bansher lathi tairi karo, Jamaat- Shibir dholai karo" meaning, "prepare bamboo sticks and beat Jamaat-Shibir".

Suspected rightwing activists made abortive attempts to attack the Ganagagaran Mancha at the end of a grand rally of newly formed radical Hafazat-e-Islam when home minister Mahiuddin Khan Alamgir said the attackers were suspected to be activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and their student affiliate Islami Chhatra Shibir.

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