About 1,000 Bangladeshi Islamists tried to march on the U.S. embassy in Dhaka on Thursday to protest against a U.S. film that is said to insult the Prophet Mohammad but security forces stopped them reaching the mission, police and witnesses said.
About 1,000 members of the Khelafat Andolon group demonstrated in the capital and threatened to step up their protests after they were blocked from approaching the U.S. embassy. There were no reports of violence.
“We will stage bigger protests over the issue and may also besiege the U.S. embassy,” said Moulana Hemayetuddin, a senior leader of the group.
The protesters wearing white caps threw their fists in the air as they chanted anti-U.S. slogans. They burned a U.S. flag and demanded an immediate apology from the United States.