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Catholics protest against land grabs and drug abuse in Savar
The protest rally was held on 3 February. Business interests try to grab land to build manufacturing plants. Hallucinogenic drug use is widespread among students.
07/11/2017 16:33:00 BANGLADESH
No justice a year after the attack in Gaibandha against Santal Christians
A protest was held yesterday to remember the attack of November 2016 when police and Muslims looted houses and seized lands belonging to tribal Christians. Investigations have led to three arrests, but the accused are out on bail.
Land grab against Protestant community
The Barisal District Bar Association seizes land belonging to St Peter’s Church. Some 15 Christians (including 10 women) were attacked when they tried to stop the land grab.” We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the land of the Church. We shall not leave our land,” said the secretary general of the Bangladesh Christian Association.
Catholic worker centre open to Protestants and Muslims
The Jesus Worker Centre was set up in 1995 in an industrial district about 100 kilometres from the capital through the initiative of PIME missionaries. Hundreds of faithful meet there to pray and share their experiences. The centre’s long-term plans include serving as “ecumenical place”, with a church, a school, a medical dispensary and a technical centre.
11/04/2016 16:37:00 BANGLADESH
Wife of Protestant minister raped to seize their land
The victim was attacked in her own home. Her screams attracted the attention of her husband, who prevented her murder. The four rapists are local thugs, well-known land grabbers. Police refuse to file the case until after local elections (not scheduled for many months). For Catholic activist, "This is totally immoral.” For her, police “are working for the criminals and violating human rights.”
Death threats cleanse a Hindu village of its inhabitants
The 14 families who lived in Chandantola are now refugees in a neighbouring town. Police arrested some of the local politicians who forced the Hindus to sell their properties at bargain prices, but the refugees complain of long-term persecution and sexual harassment of their young women.
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