Muslims protest against the alleged desecration of the Koran in Dhaka on October 16, 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE
Muslims protest against the alleged desecration of the Koran in Dhaka on October 16, 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE
Bangladesh

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Why did Muslim hardliners attack Hindus in Bangladesh’s worst bout of communal violence in two decades?

  • A social media post showing the Koran at the feet of a Hindu god inflamed tensions in the Muslim-majority nation, with elite officers called in to restore order
  • PM Sheikh Hasina has vowed to revert to a 1972 secular constitution, but hasn’t been able to amid party differences and fears that a backlash against Hindus could hurt ties with India

Muslims protest against the alleged desecration of the Koran in Dhaka on October 16, 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE
Muslims protest against the alleged desecration of the Koran in Dhaka on October 16, 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE
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