|Hizb ut-Tahrir poster inciting to violence in Dhaka, Bangladesh|
The streets of Dhaka are filled with orange and black posters from Hizb ut-Tahrir. The main purpose of this poster is to call Military to take the power in Bangladesh and establish "Khilafat" (the caliphate). This pan-Islamic political organisation is legally banned in Bangladesh since 2009, yet they continue to spend fortunes in promoting extremism throughout propaganda and schemes to take over the elected powers, as it occurred for example in 2011.
In their most recent press release, Hizb ut-Tahrir states that during current strike 25 people were killed and then they conclude that "Democracy = Death to People". Of course what they do not understand is that democracy is not causing these deaths: extremism is. With their hate speeches and incite to violence, Hizb ut-Tharir and other powerful extremist organisations like Jamaat-e-Islami are contributing to the confrontational climate in Bangladesh' society and therefore putting this country on the verge of violent situations where religious and ethnic minorities are always the first to suffer. Many people on the street timidly share the opinion that current strike is not helping normality and peace to come back to this country. Bangladeshi people needs now more than ever our international support to their legal institutions and democracy.
This is all for today.
António Vieira da Cruz
SADF reporting from Bangladesh
Dhaka, the 12th of November 2013
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