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Published on Mar 2, 2013
After Friday prayers on Feb 22 2013, protesters against islamophobic hate speech by some lead bloggers of the Shahbag movement sought to rally. The protest was by 12 different religious groups forming an unlikely alliance against what they felt to be an attack against the religion followed by the overwhelming majority of Bangladesh. Police inflicted a heavy clampdown, including locking the gates of Baitul Mukarram mosque, the main mosque of the capital Dhaka, and shooting and firing tear gas for hours at the mosque and those inside. Journalists, stationed on an overhead bridge away from the mosque, were also hit by bullets and sustained injuries. Some reports say upto 25 journalists were hit. One journalist sustained five shots in the leg from the police. Several protesters were killed and hundreds injured from the unrest