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Bangladeshi Islamists Protest 'Offensive' Cartoon


Hundreds of Bangladeshi Islamists have rallied in the capital, Dhaka, to condemn a local newspaper for publishing a cartoon they say is offensive to Muslims.

At least 500 protesters chanted slogans on Wednesday against the newspaper, Prothom Alo, and its cartoonist, Arifur Rahman. Copies of the newspaper were burned.

The protest went ahead despite a ban on demonstrations under a state of emergency imposed by Bangladesh's interim government in January.

Police arrested Rahman at his Dhaka home Tuesday after Muslim religious leaders condemned his cartoon, describing it as a "conspiracy to destabilize Bangladesh."

The cartoon, published Monday, shows a small boy adding "Mohammed" to the name of a cat.

Zahurul Alam has the details.

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