Bangladesh Muslim protesters torch Buddhist temples over Facebook photo

By Reuters Staff
September 30, 2012

(A temple burnt by Muslims in Cox’s Bazar September 30, 2012.  REUTERS/Stringer)

Hundreds of Muslims in Bangladesh burned at least four Buddhist temples and 15 homes of Buddhists on Sunday after complaining that a Buddhist man had insulted Islam, police and residents said.

Members of the Buddhist minority in the Cox’s Bazar area in the southeast of the country said unidentified people were bent on upsetting peaceful relations between Muslims and Buddhists.

Muslims took to the streets in the area late on Saturday to protest against what they said was a photograph posted on Facebook that insulted Islam.

The protesters said the picture had been posted by a Buddhist and they marched to Buddhist villages and set fire to temples and houses.

Police said they had deployed extra security forces and banned gatherings in Buddhist-dominated areas.

“We brought the situation under control before dawn and imposed restrictions on public gatherings,” said Salim Mohammad Jahangir, Cox’s Bazaar district police superintendent.

Many people in predominantly Muslim Bangladesh have been angered in recent days by a film made in California that mocks the Prophet Mohammad.

Muslims in Bangladesh and beyond have also been outraged by violence over the border in Myanmar where members of the majority Buddhist community clashed with minority Muslims this year.

Police had escorted the man accused of posting the insulting photograph and his mother to safety, Jahangir said.

Sohel Sarwar Kajal, the Muslim head of the council in the area where the arson took place, said he was trying to restore communal peace.

“We are doing everything possible to quell tension and restore peace between the communities,” he told reporters.

via Muslim protesters torch Buddhist temples, homes in Bangladesh | Reuters.

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Oh hell nah, who messes with Buddhist people? This is getting ridiculous.

Posted by rob83 | Report as abusive

Them muslims need to chill the hell out

Posted by Broken-goat | Report as abusive

You would never see a Buddhist burn down a mosque no matter how offended they were. You never read story’s of them in a frightening people in the name of there faith.

Posted by Yellow99 | Report as abusive

I say we publish more photos and then arrest and jail all those willing to break the law and commit violence over claims of blasphemy. You can’t drag the rest of the world back to the 1200′s…

Posted by planetotheapes | Report as abusive

Religion giving us hope in a world torn apart by religion. – Jon Stewart

I have really come to loathe religion since 9-11.

Posted by ColinC | Report as abusive

A terrible shame to hear this kind of news

Posted by Essaoi | Report as abusive

Religion has NEVER been the problem in this world. It has always been mans misdirected interpretations of what is otherwise a worthy and honorable endeavor.Religion doesn’t ruin man…….man ruins religion. I question the motives of any man who claims that his God is cool with the idea of suicide bombings, airplane hijackings, and beheadings. Why not just come to America and join a street gang. The money is great and you don’t have to hide behind a religion to be a non productive sheethead.

Posted by Lyserlucid1 | Report as abusive

destroy the relation our sociaty…limit news focus for save the world.now save the people here…

Posted by alamsarwar10 | Report as abusive