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28 Oct 2020 | 09:49 PM UTC

Bangladesh: Further protests planned in Dhaka for October 29 /update 1

Bangladesh News Alert

Further protests over controversial Macron comments planned in Dhaka for October 29; avoid demonstrations and anticipate associated disruptions

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/28/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/29/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Dhaka). COUNTRY/REGION Dhaka

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Event

The Islami Andolan Bangladesh (IAB) group has announced further protests in Dhaka, with the next event to take place on Thursday, October 29, at the National Press Club from 15:00 (local time). The participants are calling for a boycott of French goods after comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron following the recent killing of school teacher Samuel Paty near Paris in a suspected Islamist attack.

Over 40,000 protesters marched in Dhaka on Tuesday, October 27, in a related event. Supporters marched from Baitul Mukarram National Mosque towards the French Embassy; hundreds of police officers erected a barbed-wire barricade to stop protesters reaching the embassy. The protesters were reportedly dispersed without violence.

Localized disruptions are likely around the National Press Club in the immediate term, with an increased security presence also likely in the area. There is a realistic possibility of further anti-French protests in the capital.

Context

Teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded in an attack by an alleged Islamist extremist in the northern Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on October 16 after showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a civics class. The attack prompted the arrest of a number of people linked to the attacker and comments from President Macron about religious rights and freedom of expression in French society. However, the government's response was seen by some communities as Islamophobic and has prompted a number of protests and calls for boycotts of French goods in some Muslim-majority countries.

Advice

Those in Dhaka are advised to monitor developments and avoid the area around the French embassy on Wednesday due to the likely disruptions and risk of crowd disturbances. Travelers should avoid all protests and political gatherings in Iran and heed any directives issued by local authorities.

 

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