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  • » 10/17/2015, 00.00

    BANGLADESH

    Expropriation of lands in Bangladesh: 100 Muslims occupy Christian home in Dhaka

    Sumon Corraya

    The attackers wanted money in exchange for the house. They threatened to kill the residents. Christian activist: "Grave injustice to the Christian community. In Bangladesh we are a weak minority and this is why Muslims are attacking us. "

    Dhaka (AsiaNews) - About 100 Muslims attacked a Christian family living in Dhaka and forced them to leave their three room home. Tapon Cruze tells AsiaNews: "They wanted to shoot me. They told us that they would kill us if we had opposed the expropriation of our house ", not far from the Catholic Church of the Holy Rosary in the capital.

    The incident happened on October 15, and the victims report that they were assaulted without any legitimate reason. The criminals were accompanied by the police, "who witnessed the expropriation and did nothing to stop it. We lost our possessions, money, and we're out of the house".

    The man reported that a Muslim land grabber Azijulla, wanted them out of the house by force. "He asked for money in exchange for our property. They are cheating us. We have appealed to the Christian community and the media. We met the pastor of the local church".

    Nirmal Rozario, general secretary of the Bangladesh Christian Association, said: "I visited the place occupied by Muslims. They are committing a grave injustice against the Christian community. In Bangladesh, Christians are a weak minority and this is why Muslims are attacking us".

    Bangladesh has a population of 152 million inhabitants and isMuslim majority (89.8%). The Christian community (0.2% of the population) and Hindu (9.1%) are subject to numerous attacks and to expropriation of land. Experts point out that the reason is not so much religious as economic.

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