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“God is great — hang the atheist bloggers,” the protesters chanted, according to Al Jazeera.
Among a list of 13 demands the group presented was legislation that backs capital punishment for blasphemous online writing, which under current law can result in up to 10 years in jail, Al Jazeera reported. While such a law is unlikely to pass, the situation for bloggers in Bangladesh is growing increasingly grim.
Tensions mounted in February when the Bloggers and Online Activists Network called for a sit-in at Dhaka’s Shahbag Square. The hope was to draw attention to unpunished criminals convicted of crimes during the country’s 1971 war for liberation against Pakistan. The group suggested the death penalty for individuals including Abdul Quader Mollah, secretary general of the Islamist party, who was convicted of 344 counts of war crimes, Slate reported.