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Bangladesh protest plans over Nobel laureate's gay rights

Published on Sep 30, 2013 9:53 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh Islamic groups called on Monday for a nationwide protest against Muhammad Yunus over comments in 2012 supporting gay rights, in the latest attack against the Nobel laureate and micro-loan pioneer.

The country's main mosque and an Islamic group with links to the government have launched a campaign against Yunus, whom they say should be prosecuted for supporting homosexuals in this deeply conservative Muslim country.

Hundreds of imams, many of whom are on the government's payroll, are expected to take part in the peaceful street protests on Tuesday, according to organisers, who claim rallies will be held in 600 towns across the country.

"Yunus must apologise for supporting homosexuality or he must be prosecuted for standing against the Koran and Islam," said an organiser, Maolana Moniruzzaman Rabbani, on Monday.

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