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Leading Bangladesh Gay Activist Xulhaz Mannan Hacked to Death as Islamists’ Rampage Continues.

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Murdered Bangladeshi gay activist Xulhaz Mannan (From Paul C).

Homage to the Martyrs!


The Hindu reports,

Two people were hacked to death Monday at an apartment in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, police said, with a local television channel identifying one of them as a leading gay rights activist.

“Unidentified attackers entered an apartment at Kalabagan and hacked two people to death. Another person was injured,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesperson Maruf Hossain Sorder told AFP.

He did not identify the dead, but private television Channel 24 said one of them was the editor of Roopbaan, the country’s only magazine for the LGBT community.

The BBC  continues.

A leading gay rights activist and editor at Bangladesh’s only LGBT magazine has been hacked to death, media reports and officials say.

Another person was also killed and one person injured when attackers entered an apartment in Dhaka, police said.

Julhas Mannan was an editor at LGBT magazine Roopbaan and previously worked at the US embassy, friends said.

The killing comes two days after a university teacher was hacked to death by suspected Islamist militants.

Since February last year suspected militants have killed several secular or atheist writers and members of religious minority groups.

BBC Bengali Service editor Sabir Mustafa said staff at Roopbaan, which had not been condemned by the government and received some support from foreign embassies, had been careful to protect their identities but had not believed their lives were at risk.

Suspected extremists in Bangladesh are gaining a sense of security that they can carry out killings with impunity, he says.

Meanwhile Bangladesh’s best known blogger said he had received a death threat on Sunday.

Imran Sarker, who led major protests by secular activists in 2013 against Islamist leaders, said he had received a phone call warning that he would be killed “very soon”.

Earlier this month, a Bangladeshi law student who had expressed secular views online died when he was hacked with machetes and then shot in Dhaka.

Last year, four prominent secular bloggers were also killed with machetes.

The four bloggers had all appeared on a list of 84 “atheist bloggers” drawn up by Islamic groups in 2013 and widely circulated.

There have also been attacks on members of religious minorities including Shia, Sufi and Ahmadi Muslims, Christians and Hindus.



Written by Andrew Coates

April 25, 2016 at 4:26 pm

15 Responses

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  1. The video of him having fun in Nepal makes me weep. Damn these bastards to hell.

  2. Oh no: not another! What the fuck can we do about this?

    Jim Denham

    April 25, 2016 at 5:34 pm

  3. It is heart-rending Jim, absolutely heart-rending.

    Andrew Coates

    April 25, 2016 at 5:46 pm

  4. I have read that pictures of his body are being circulated by the Islamists. My networks report that Dhaka’s LGBT activists have gone offline + relocated. This one act has done what it was aimed to do.

    Those UK LGBT activists mollycoddling Islamists should today hang their heads in shame.

  5. “Oh no: not another! What the fuck can we do about this?”

    Western countries should refuse to grant visas (let alone citizenship) to any heterosexual Sunni Muslim male from Bangladesh, unless and until Bangladesh takes firm – and preferably fatal – action against the Islamist scum.

    “Those UK LGBT activists mollycoddling Islamists should today hang their heads in shame.”

    Lindsey ‘No Shibboleth’ German and her ‘progressive’ comrades must be so proud of themselves.


    April 26, 2016 at 12:48 am

  6. Also, Jim: Labour members can all stop supporting utter cunts like Jeremy Corbyn, Sadiq Khan and co who have made a career out of supporting and associating with Islamist homophobes, misogynists, anti-semites etcetera. The western ‘progressive’ left is up to its neck in this matter.

    So will you all stop supporting Corbyn, Khan and co?

    Will you hell.


    April 26, 2016 at 1:00 am

  7. It is a slander to suggest that either Corbyn or Khan support Islamist persecution of gays. Corbyn has said many silly and irresponsible things in his time, and has chosen some very dodgy “friends” but has never given any serious grounds for believing he has any sympathy for this sort of thing. Khan has been outspoken in his support for gay rights.

    Jim Denham

    April 26, 2016 at 9:09 am

  8. Bollocks, Jim. If a Tory MP kept sharing platforms with and praising as a good friend a bunch of homophobic, antisemitic and misogynist Christian bigots, including ones who advocated killing people on religious grounds, would you cut them the same slack? You would not, and nor would anyone else on the left.

    ‘Supporting gay right’s means at a minimum that you don’t support and befriend the people who argue that we should be killed. If you can’t manage that, then you are NOT a gay rights supporter, you are a grandstanding hypocritical scumbag.


    April 26, 2016 at 11:24 am

  9. It would be discriminatory and simply completely wrong to exclude Bangladeshis or indeed any national group on the grounds that Islamist killers operate in their country. .

    Let’s remember that Bangladesh suffered from a genocide carried out with the support of the Islamists groups now carrying out these attacks.

    Andrew Coates

    April 26, 2016 at 12:07 pm

  10. Lamia, Khan got death threats cos he voted for marriage equality. I’m gay and you’re wrong.

  11. @ Andrew

    I didn’t refer to a national group, I referred to “heterosexual Sunni Muslim male(s) from Bangladesh”. they deserve as a group to be discriminated against, since they are responsible for the discrimination and persecution in Bangladesh.

    @ Paul Canning

    ” I’m gay and you’re wrong.”

    I’m gay too, so try pulling rank on someone else. You’re being an apologist for a party that has descended into the sewer in its efforts to secure the support of theocratic scum.

    Today it’s Naz Shah adding to the Nazi jollity.


    April 26, 2016 at 1:03 pm

  12. I’m guessing the likes of Blair and Cameron “sharing a platform” with representatives of the Saudi government don’t count as “efforts to secure the support of theocratic scum”.

    You may well be gay, but you’re still wrong. Khan has been an unstinting supporter of gay rights, both in his pronouncements and his voting record.

    The Conservative party, on the other hand, try to take credit for gay marriage when the majority of their MPs voted against it, and are “extremely relaxed” about selling torture equipment to the KSA.

    In other words, tit off, you one trick pony, and stop using this tragedy to bang your increasingly obsessive political drum.


    April 26, 2016 at 1:47 pm

  13. “I’m guessing the likes of Blair and Cameron “sharing a platform” with representatives of the Saudi government don’t count as “efforts to secure the support of theocratic scum”.”

    Of course they do. I’m not posting as a supporter of Blair or Cameron, or the Conservative party, so you can put down the whataboutery.

    “In other words, tit off, you one trick pony, and stop using this tragedy to bang your increasingly obsessive political drum.”

    Go fuck yourself, you dreary apologist for Dear Leader Corbyn and his dodgy mates.


    April 26, 2016 at 3:56 pm

  14. Well, I await to hear your angry bile for all the other politicians that have “shared a platform” with an arsehole, although you do seem to be a bit quiet about that, banging your dreary drum about the “EVIL NARZIFASCIST TEH LEFTS”.

    There’s not a fag paper between you and the neo-Stalinist Putin fans who spout veiled anti-semitism, as you’re both dishonest, hyperbolic anuses.

    As noted above, there’s very little difference between the anti-semitic idiocy that people sometimes display under the guise of “anti-zionism” and your attempt to paint a whole religious demographic of an entire nation with the calumny of a small proportion of scumbags.

    Also duly noted that in your case, like most right wingers, you’ll look for any excuse to start ranting about immigration.


    April 26, 2016 at 9:04 pm

  15. The Bangladeshi people fought a great war of national liberation which is written into the memory of millions across the world.

    They suffered enormous losses.

    It is, as Makhno, an insult of the worst kind, utter filth, to slander them because of the actions of their life-blood enemies.

    Andrew Coates

    April 27, 2016 at 12:44 pm

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