Bangladeshis Protest Tancredo's Mecca Remark


DHAKA (Reuters) - Thousands of Bangladeshi Islamic activists staged a noisy protest in the capital Dhaka on Friday after a U.S. congressman suggested the United States might consider bombing holy sites, including Mecca. "Allahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest)", "Be Aware Bush-Blair", "World Muslims Unite to Fight U.S.-British Aggressions," protesters chanted. U.S. Republican Tom Tancredo made the comment on July 14 in answer to a radio host's question about a possible response to any hypothetical nuclear terrorist attack on the United States. "If this happens in the United States and we determine that it is the result of extremist fundamentalist Muslims, you could take out their holy sites," the Colorado Republican said. "You're talking about bombing Mecca?" the host asked. "Yeah," Tancredo responded, according to an audio excerpt posted online by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based group. A spokesman for the congressman confirmed the substance of Tancredo's remarks. Moulana Mohammad Hemayetuddin, a leader of the Islamic Constitution Movement, told protesters in Dhaka: "Such extremist remarks will spark more fire which will engulf not only the U.S., but the whole world." (MORE)

 


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