Once again, we are expected to believe that these tens of thousands (along with millions of other devout Muslims) misunderstand the sharia and the actual literal teachings of Islam.
'Arrest the atheists who insulted Islam!' Tens of thousands of Muslim activists hold prayers on streets of Bangladesh capital to call for new blasphemy laws against bloggers Daily Mail, March 29, 2013
Tens of thousands of Islamic activists prayed on the streets of the Bangladeshi capital today during a rally calling for the introduction of blaspemy laws and the restoration of a caretaker government.
Members of the Islami Andolan Bangladesh are demanding the arrest of 'atheist bloggers who insulted Islam' and to pass laws punishing those who 'insulted Islam in the parliament'.
They have announced plans to 'lay siege' to the office of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on April 25 if their demands are not met.
Demanding change: Thousands of Bangladeshis attend Friday prayers during a rally in Dhaka calling for new blasphemy laws
Collective effort: Members of the Islami Andolan Bangladesh are demanding the arrest of 'atheist bloggers who insulted Islam' and to pass laws punishing those who 'insulted Islam in the parliament'
They include the restoration of the phrase 'absolute trust and faith upon Almighty Allah' in basic principles of the constitution; passing laws to punish atheists; holding of national elections under an impartial government; ensuring good governance and justice, uprooting terrorism and corruption; and establishing Islamic rule for a prosperous and welfare state.[...]
Meanwhile, clashes between police and supporters of the country's biggest Islamic party left five dead on Friday during protests linked to ongoing war crimes trials, police and media said.
Groundswell of opinion: The group is threatening to 'lay siege' to the office of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on April 25 if their demands are not met
Protest: Islami Andolan Bangladesh also want the holding of national elections under an impartial government; uprooting terrorism and corruption; and establishing Islamic rule for a prosperous and welfare state
Call for change: Activists of Islami Andolan Bangladesh raise their hands in the air and shout slogans as they take part in a grand rally in Dhaka
Jamaat-e-Islami activists have been staging countrywide strikes and rallies for months to protest against the trials which have placed nearly their entire party leadership in the dock, in cases dating back to the 1971 independence war.
Friday's first incident occurred when lawmakers entered a village in northwestern Chapainawabganj district to arrest party activists accused of torching a power plant in such a protest last month.
About 6,000 villagers gathered to try and prevent the arrests, leading police to open fire.
'We at first used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the mob, but they attacked us with hand bombs, sticks and bricks, forcing us to open fire,' deputy district police chief Motiur Rahman told AFP.
'We have heard the news of three men killed, but we have not seen any dead bodies,' he said.
No trust in the state: The party's Amir Mufti Syed Muhammad Rezaul Karimalso told the rally: 'The incumbent and previous governments have nurtured corruption, violence, nepotism and other different evil practices during last few decades'
Demonstration: Supporters of a Islamic political party named Islami Andolan Bangladesh offer Friday prayers in a street of Dhaka
Local media reports quoted villagers saying three Jamaat supporters were killed, two on the spot and one on the way to hospital.
In a separate but similar wave of protests in northwestern Sirajganj district, two Jamaat supporters died after being hit with bullets, local police chief Shamsul Huq told AFP.