By PNA / Xinhua and U.S. News Agency / Asian
Dodging the eyes of law enforcers, scores suddenly Monday staged a demonstration in front of the U.S. embassy in Dhaka, protesting a U.S.-made anti-Islam film.
Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Dhaka’s Gulshan Police station, confirmed this to Xinhua, saying, “We’ve detained one of the protesters…for a short while in front of the U.S. embassy compound.”
According to the witnesses, about 150 to 200 people, mostly students, suddenly gathered in the road carrying banners and festoons inscribed with anti- America slogans at noon.
On receipt of information, police rushed to the scene and used baton charge to disperse the angry demonstrators.
Islam claimed no one was injured but local news agency UNB said some 8 to 10 protesters were injured in the police action.
A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman reached by mobile phone Sunday declined to comment on the matter.
According to Islam, the anti-Islam film protesters for the first time dodged the law enforcers to enter Dhaka’s usually tight security diplomatic enclave in which the U.S. embassy is located.
Islam could not confirm whether the protesters were members of any Islamis parties.
A dozen of Bangladesh’s Islamist parties Sunday observed countrywide hartal over insults to Islam and its holy prophet.
The Islamist parties Saturday called for the countrywide hartal on Sunday as police imposed a ban on demonstrations protesting an anti-Islam U.S. film and a French magazine caricaturing prophet Muhammad in many important areas in Dhaka.
Expressing anger at the insults to Islam and its Prophet Hazrat Mohammad, thousands of people have been staging demonstrations in many cities and towns of the Muslims majority South Asian country.