facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Bangladesh protests anti-Islam film

Sept. 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM   |   Comments

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Officials in Bangladesh deployed riot police Sunday to put down violent protests over a film some Muslims consider blasphemous.

Chanting mobs were reported in the capital, Dhaka, the southeastern port city of Chittagong and Bhola, Gulf News reported.

Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir told a news conference the demonstrations aimed at disrupting traffic were actually an affront to Islam.

"The strike exposed people to misery and actually made the religion look bad," Alamgir said.

The Bangladesh government spoke out against the film, "Innocence of Muslims," and blocked online access to the YouTube site where a trailer for it is posted, but the protesters allege that wasn't enough, the report said.

Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina announced he had made an appeal to the United States to pursue legal proceedings against the filmmaker.

"No Muslim can tolerate such defamation of the Prophet," he said.

The video clip was first posted online in early July, but violent protests in Muslim countries began in earnest on the Sept. 11 anniversary of the 2001 al-Qaida terror attacks on the United States.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Madeleine McCann report finds authorities hindered investigation
2
Obama approval rating hits record low in blue California
3
At least 6 dead in Paris apartment explosion
4
Islamic State allegedly beheads second American journalist
5
Mary Landrieu hit with residency, ethics complaints
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback