Fb companies down in Bangladesh amid protests towards PM Modi go to


Fb mentioned its companies in Bangladesh had been shut down on Saturday, as a whole lot of hardline Islamists marched throughout the nation, angered by the police killing of their supporters who had protested towards a go to by Indian premier Narendra Modi.

The federal government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t remark if it had blocked Fb and its messenger app, however it has beforehand used web shutdowns as a instrument to curb the unfold of protests.

4 supporters of the Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam had been killed on Friday after police opened hearth when protesters allegedly attacked a police station within the southeastern city of Chittagong.

They had been demonstrating towards Modi, whom the group accuses of alienating minority Muslims in India.

Dozens had been additionally harm on Friday within the capital Dhaka the place police used rubber bullets and teargas in clashes with violent protesters.

“We`re conscious that our companies have been restricted in Bangladesh,” Fb mentioned in an announcement. “We`re working to know extra and hope to have full entry restored as quickly as attainable.”

Fb additionally mentioned it had critical issues concerning the method during which it was being restricted in Bangladesh at a time when efficient communication was essential to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

On Saturday, a whole lot of members of Hefazat-e-Islam and different Islamist teams marched on the streets of Chittagong and Dhaka protesting the deaths of their supporters.

“Police opened hearth on our peaceable supporters,” the group`s organising secretary Azizul Haque advised the rally in Chittagong. “We is not going to let the blood of our brothers go in vein.”

Hefazat-e-Islam, which interprets into safety of Islam, has known as for a nationwide strike on Sunday to protest the killings.

Non-profit Amnesty Worldwide additionally criticised the police motion in Chittagong.

“The proper to peaceable protest has come below concerted assault, notably through the coronavirus pandemic, culminating in the sort of bloody repression,” Sultan Mohammed Zakaria, Amnesty Worldwide`s South Asia Researcher, mentioned in an announcement.

Modi landed in Dhaka on Friday for a two-day go to, his first worldwide journey because the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic final yr, to rejoice the 50th anniversary of the nation`s independence.

He’ll maintain formal talks with Hasina on Saturday.

“We don`t wish to see Modi in Dhaka,” Hefazat chief Sultan Mohiuddin mentioned, addressing supporters within the capital metropolis. “He should go away Bangladesh quickly.”



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