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Easter under heavy security for Catholics of Bangladesh

ICC Note: Police official admits that they cannot protect religious minorities “in everyday life.”

by William Gomes
04/15/09 Dhaka, Bangladesh (Asia News) – An Easter under heavy security for the Catholics of Bangladesh, a small minority representing only 1.1% of the 150 million inhabitants of the country, with an overwhelming Muslim majority. More than 300,000 faithful participated in Sunday Mass in Dhaka and in the five dioceses of the country, but the celebrations during the Triduum all took place under the supervision of the security forces, which watched the churches 24 hours a day.

Abu Sayed, a police official, explains to AsiaNews that “all over the country there is the same scenario, the people are worshiping in the temples, mosque and churches under police security,” and that during the periods of religious celebrations there is extra security to prevent attacks, “but we are unable to guarantee the security of the people in everyday life.” … [Go To Full Story]