"God is great, hang the atheist bloggers".Submitted by go213mph on Sat, 04/06/2013 - 06:54
Hundreds of thousands of Islamists rallied in Dhaka after an overnight "long march" to the Bangladeshi capital, demanding the execution of atheist bloggers for defaming Islam.
It is the latest protest to rack Bangladesh, deepening tensions between secularists and the largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, whose leaders are under trial for crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence.
The Islamists converged on Dhaka's main commercial hub to protest against what they say are blasphemous writings by atheist bloggers, defying a pro-government national strike by secular protesters -- who staged a smaller rival protest in Dhaka Saturday -- aimed at resisting the march.
Police said about 100,000 people attended the rally during which protesters chanted "God is great, hang the atheist bloggers".