Police foil attempt by protestors to besiege French embassy
Police have foiled an attempt by Hefazat-e-Islam-led ‘Somomona Islami Dal’ — a platform of Islamist parties — to besiege the French embassy in Dhaka.
Several hundred activists and leaders of the Islamist parties gathered near the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque around 11:00am to stage protests against the recent remarks made by French President Emmanuel Macron.
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As they started marching towards the embassy through Malibagh-Mouchak area, police obstructed them, forcing them to return.
They also staged demonstrations there after being obstructed by police.
Vehicular movement from Baitul Mukarram Mosque, Paltan, Mouchak, Malibagh, Kakrail to Shantinagar remained suspended since morning.
However, traffic movement in the areas became normal around 1:45pm.
Earlier last month, Macron pledged to fight “Islamist separatism”, which he said, was threatening to take control in some Muslim communities around France.
He also described Islam as a religion “in crisis” worldwide.
His comments, in addition to his backing of satirical outlets publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, has led to a social media campaign calling for the boycott of French products from supermarkets in Arab countries and Turkey.