Bangladesh’s leading prelate said that “Christians are not being targeted by Islamic radicals” in post-election violence.
Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka – who said that last week that he
feared the rise of “militant and radical Islamism” – told the Fides news
agency that “after the elections, there have been isolated incidents
against Christians, but now the situation seems to have calmed down … It
is not clear what is behind the attacks. They can also be reasons
related to the possession of land or other reasons, related to disputes
and ethnic conflicts.”
The nation’s leading opposition party and its allied Islamist parties
boycotted recent elections.
Eight Catholics were injured, and three
hospitalized, after they were beaten by Islamic fundamentalists for
participating in the elections, and Christian homes were torched during