US call for protecting minorities

The United States have called for stopping violence against minorities in Bangladesh , asking all political parties to oppose it and the government to use its power to maintain law and order.

Published : 18 Jan 2014, 05:43 AM
Updated : 18 Jan 2014, 06:04 AM

The State Department’s Spokesperson Jen Psaki told a press briefing in Washington that US was ‘disappointed’ at recent incidents of violence against minorities.

The post Jan 5 elections was marked by attacks against Hindus in many areas of Bangladesh, especially in Jessore.

They were allegedly attacked for voting in the parliament elections that the BNP-led opposition alliance had called all to boycott.

The ruling Awami League and BNP later blamed each other for the attacks that displaced many Hindus at Abhoynagar in Jessore, where they are in a majority.
“We condemn that in the strongest terms, the violence from all quarters that continues to mark the prevailing political impasse,”State Department spokesperson Psaki said.
“Violence is not an acceptable element of the political process,” she said calling all to stop violence further.