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{UAH} Greek goddess statue removed in Bangladesh after Islamist outcry

The Intolerance of Islam Is Increasingly leading many of its misguided supporters to commit cultural genocide, such as this one,  Because, why on earth would anyone want to destroy a cultural edifice of intellectual as well as historical importance as this Greek Goddess? This Statute has always symbolised justice, and why this should anger the Islamisrs is difficult to understand.


Greek goddess statue removed in Bangladesh after Islamist outcry

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The statue of Themis is in Bangladesh's Supreme Court complexImage copyrightFARHANA PARVIN
Image captionThe removal began late Thursday

Workers have begun to dismantle the statue of a Greek goddess from Bangladesh's Supreme Court complex, after an outcry from Islamists.

The sculpture of Themis - the goddess of justice - wearing a sari was less than six months old, but Islamist groups demanded its removal by Friday.

They claimed it hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims and it prompted mass protests in the capital, Dhaka.

PM Sheikh Hasina agreed to its removal, but secular groups opposed it.

Activists from an Islamist group participate in a protest calling for the removal of a statue in front of the Supreme Court, in Dhaka on March 3, 2017Image copyrightAFP
Image captionIslamists groups have staged mass rallies demanding the statue be removed

Workers came with equipment and a crane at midnight to uproot the controversial statue, the BBC's Bangla service reported.

The statue is being removed to maintain peace, said its creator Mrinal Haque.

Analysts say this is a sign of the rising tension between Islamic conservatism and liberal values in Bangladesh.

Protesters have long asserted that the figure, which held the familiar sword and scales of justice in her hands, amounted to idolatry.

In February, conservative Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam led protests and threatened to spread the demonstrations across the country if the statue was not removed.

Many of those protesting will have been followers of Hefazat-e-Islam, but observers have also pointed to increasing conservatism among the general public.

The tension between such forces and secular voices has been one of the defining themes in Bangladesh over the last few years.

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