Bangladeshi Islamists Protest US Cyclone Relief
The Hizb ut Tahrir protesters shouted “Go back to America!” before the arrival of the US military aid ships.
Activists of Hijbut Taherir shout slogans as they protest against arrival of US force at Bay of Bengal to help Bangladeshi cyclone affected people in coastal area, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Nov. 23, 2007. The U.S. Navy prepared Friday to deliver much-needed food and medical supplies to hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis stricken by Cyclone Sidr, a top U.S. military commander said. (AP Photo/Monjur Islam)
Hundreds of Islamists protested the US sending relief supplies to the suffering cyclone victims in Bangladesh. They said it was a shame on the country that they allowed the US on their land.
ROP and the EarthTimes reported:
Several hundred activists of the radical Islamic group Hizb ut Tahrir staged protests here before the arrival of two ships of the US Navy for distributing relief supplies among cyclone-affected people.
Two warships, USS Essex and USS Kearsarge — each carrying 20 helicopters and 3,500 marines on board with emergency relief supplies, medical and emergency evacuation teams — are scheduled to enter Bangladesh waters Saturday and Tuesday.
The protesters Friday carried a banner reading ‘Prevent American ships from entering the Bay of Bengal in the name of distributing relief’ and chanted slogans ‘Go back to America’ and ‘US has no place in Bangladesh’.
The outfit’s leader Kazi Morshedul Haque told the rally that every Bangladeshi had come forward to help cyclone victims along with the army, navy and air force, ‘so it is a shame on us, Muslims, that we are allowing the US on our land’.
The protest was held amidst tight security at Baitul Muqarram, one of the country’s largest mosques and a major Dhaka landmark where religious gatherings take place.
The victims of the devastating cyclone did not seem to mind that the supplies were coming from the US.
People struggle to grab bottles of drinking water being distributing by a relief team in the cyclone-affected Nishanbari village in the southern coastal area of Bangladesh. US marines arrived to bolster relief efforts in Bangladesh as concerns mounted for survivors of killer Cyclone Sidr which devastated the disaster-prone nation more than a week ago.(AFP/Jewel Samad)
3rd World View has more on the situation in Bangladesh including this on the Islamist’s protest:
Two US ships USS Essex and USS Kearsarge are in Bangladesh waters to help in the relief efforts. The US embassy in Dhaka said that each of the ships are carrying 23 helicopters and six small planes which will be used for medical evacuations and surveying the affected areas by approx 1500 US marines. They are also equipped with water purifiers and purified water is of urgent need of many survivors.
While this is happening we see that Hizbut Tahrir Bangladesh, a Branch of Hizbut Tahrir is protesting the arrival of US navy ships in Bangladesh. Hizbut Tahrir is an international, Sunni, pan-Islamist vanguard political party whose goal is to unite all Muslim countries in a unitary Islamic state or caliphate, ruled by Islamic law and headed by an elected head of state.
While the Bangladeshis in the country and abroad are doing their best to help these victims from own resources with innovative ideas like sms aid campaigns and pledging to the international community for more donations you can check the Hizbut Tahrir site that they are silent about the issue. Their priority is to build a caliphate at the expense of all these victims and they don’t like the US marine to help save lives. It can be lauded that the police forces have taken action against its spokesman. But it will be befitting to expose their intentions to the common public.
I guess even a dumb person can recognize who is the enemy of the people. Down with political Islam.
T’ings ‘N Times has more on the non-Islamic relief efforts.