The Straits Times
Published on Sep 21, 2012

10,000 Bangladeshis protest anti-Islam film


DHAKA (AFP) - About 10,000 Bangladeshis took to the streets of Dhaka on Friday to demonstrate against an anti-Islam film made in the United States (US) and cartoons in a French satirical magazine caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad.

The protesters, many carrying banners from half a dozen Islamist groups, burnt an effigy of US President Barack Obama outside the national Baitul Mokarram Mosque, the country's largest, after Friday prayers.

They also set fire to a French flag as they carried placards and banners reading "Obama, you are a cheater", "Protest the disgrace of Prophet Muhammad!"

Security was tightened around the protest area with the deployment of hundreds of police and elite Rapid Action Battalion, armoured personnel carriers and water cannon.