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Bangladesh: Increased security expected during Muharram Sep. 12 – Oct. 10

Increased security measures expected in Bangladesh during Muharram September 12 – October 10; religious demonstrations expected September 21 (Ashura)

12 Sep 05:40 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 9/12/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/10/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Dhaka). COUNTRY/REGION Bangladesh

Event

Increased security measures are to be expected in Bangladesh during Muharram, observed September 12 - October 10, especially in Dhaka and Chittagong city. Numerous religious demonstrations, including marches, are to be anticipated during the holy month, particularly on Friday, September 21 (Ashura). Consequent traffic disruptions are likely near demonstration sites.

Context

Muharram is a month of remembrance for Shi'a Muslims, who mourn from the first night of Muharram and continue for ten nights, climaxing on the 10th of Muharram, the Day of Ashura. In Bangladesh, in 2018, the period begins with the Islamic New Year on September 12, with Ashura observed on September 21.

Advice

As a precautionary measure, individuals present in Bangladesh are advised to stay away from public gatherings, marches, and processions due the risk of violence. Adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.

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