As reported by AFP and Australia's ABC.
I am reproducing it here because it gives a good deal more detail than the AP version which appeared here earlier - the size of the mob and the scale of the destruction involved; and because there are some dismally typical elements of the reportage, to which I wish to draw attention. Further: if you click on the link, you will see a grimly eloquent - indeed, heartbreaking - photograph of one of the wrecked temples.
'Rioting mob torches temples in Bangladesh.
Observe: no mention of Muslims. This headline should have read: 'Bangladesh: 25 000 Muslims Torch Buddhist Temples'. - CM
'Thousands of rioters have torched Buddhist temples and homes in south-eastern Bangladesh over a photo posted on Facebook deemed offensive to Islam.
Why so prim, AFP? They were Muslim rioters. Only Muslims riot, destroying non-Muslim property and usually persons, over perceived - and sometime (as I strongly suspect is the case here) deliberately fabricated, as in the case of the malevolent framing for 'blasphemy!' of the little Christian girl Rimsha Masih in Pakistan - 'insults' and 'offences' against Islam that do not even involve the smallest element of actual physical harm to any Muslim person. Over one alleged photo on Facebook. - CM
'A mob of around 25 000 people ('people' says AFP primly, again refusing to sheet home responsibility, as should have been done: this clause should be worded, 'a mob of around 25 000 Muslims' - CM) set fire to at least five Buddhist temples and dozens of homes in Ramu town and its adjoining villages, around 350 kilometres from the capital Dhaka.
'The rioters (that is, 'the Muslim rioters' - CM) claimed the photo allegedly defaming the Koran was uploaded on Facebook by a young Buddhist man from the area.
I find this very claim very hard to believe. I doubt that any Buddhist resident in Bangladesh would dare take such a risk. - CM
'"They became unruly and attacked Buddhist houses, torching and damaging their temples from midnight to Sunday morning", district administrator Joinul Bari said.
'Unruly'. Was he speaking in English, or is this the word the interpreter chose to give to AFP? 'Unruly' = 25 000 allahu-akbaring Muslims destroying five temples and dozens of homes, in a typical piece of totally disproportionate and massive Muslim collective 'punishment' of an entire Infidel community after just one member of that community has been accused (by Muslims) of 'insulting' Islam. One should note too that just such a reaction - a pogrom or series of lynchings, the violent mob judgement of and attack upon a whole community to 'punish' it for the perceived or claimed wrongdoing of just one of its members - is what Muslims in the non-Muslim world always, always, always loudly claim they fear and loudly tell us non-Muslims we must not ever, ever, ever do to the Muslim 'community' in our midst, every time one or more of the 'tiny minority of extremists' from out of that 'community' carries out or attempts to carry out or is caught preparing to carry out a mass-murderous assault upon the surrounding non-Muslim society. - CM
"At least 100 houses were damaged. We called in army and border guards to quell the violence".
It would be interesting to try to find out just when they learned of he mob and what it was doing, and just when they began to attempt to rein it in. Because in Pakistan, in Egypt, in Indonesia, experience shows that the officers of an Islamic state have a general tendency to stand back and do little or nothing to prevent mobs of this kind from carrying out pogroms against non-Muslim minority groups. - CM
'He added that authorities have temporarily banned public gatherings in the area to prevent further clashes.
'Clashes'. Typically, AFP - like other of our media sources - chooses a word that suggests tit for tat, Buddhists and Muslims duking it out in a ding-dong row. When all the indications are that it was anything but an even fight. The Muslims physically attacked the Buddhists first, on the transparent and flimsy pretext of a verbal or pictorial 'insult' to Islam; it seems clear that the Buddhists, taken by surprise in the night, had little or no opportunity to defend themselves and their property. And I would hazard the guess that the ban on public gatherings is aimed not so much at protecting Buddhists from further assault, as at preventing any possible Buddhist reaction against Muslims...this pattern has been noticed by Christians in northern Nigeria, where first the Muslims carry out a massed attack on Christians, then suddenly a curfew is slapped down, such that even if the Christians were to intend a response in kind, they would not be able to do so. - CM
'The man who sparked the riots (that is, "the man accused of carrying out the 'insult' to Islam which was claimed as pretext by the Muslim rioters" - CM), who has gone into hiding, told local media he did not post the picture, insisting someone else had 'tagged' his account with the image on the social network.
I believe him. Muslims have done this kind of thing before, many, many times. - CM
'His mother and an aunt were given police protection for their safety after the violence broke out, officials said.
Observe, again, that it is taken for granted that Muslims will engage in collective punishment, targeting not only a particular person who has done - or is accused of doing - something, but also their family and community. But loud are the howls if there is even the merest hint of non-Muslims even looking askance at other portions of the Ummah when a Muslim or Muslims have harmed or tried to harm non-Muslims. - CM
'Police officer Rumia Khatun said about "25 000 Muslims chanting God is Great" (that is, 'chanting "Allahu akbar, allah is greater"' - CM) first attacked a Buddhist hamlet in Ramu, torching centuries-old temples, and later stormed Buddhist villages outside the town.
And yet more beauty and history is annihilated by the mindlessly malevolent Muslim Mob. - CM
'It is not immediately clear if there were any casualties, and authorities did not say if any of the rioters were arrested.
Bangladesh is overwhelmingly Muslim in population, and Muslims rule. I would be very, very surprised if, in the wake of this violent Muslim attack on the Buddhist minority, any Muslim is arrested for taking part in the attack, let alone charged or punished. - CM
'Witnesses described rioters leaving a trail of devastation at the Buddhist villages.
"I have seen 11 wooden temples, two of them 300 years old, torched by the mob", said Sunil Barua, a local journalist on the scene. "They looted precious items and Buddha statues from the temples. Shops owned by Buddhists were also looted".
This is the sort of thing that Muslims also do to the Copts in Egypt and the Christians and Hindus in Pakistan; and it is what they regularly have done to all dhimmi communities - the barely-tolerated subject non-Muslim people-groups - all over the lands dominated by Islam, throughout the entire 1400 years that Islam has made mankind miserable. One member of the dhimmi community is suddenly accused (often out of the blue) of having breached the dhimma; and then full-on Jihad is unloosed against that entire community. On paper, the Buddhists in Bangladesh are not dhimmis; the Pact of Omar is not formally part of Bangladeshi law. But they have just been treated as if they were. - CM
'Barua, himself a Buddhist, said 15 Buddhist villages were attacked and more than 100 houses were looted and damaged.
"The villages look like as if they were hit by a major cyclone", he said.
No, not by a cyclone. By an invading army; by the foot-soldiers of the Ummah, or Mohammedan Mob. - CM
'Destruction and looting'
It's always about the booty...- CM
'The country's home minister, industries minister, and national police chief rushed to the scene on Sunday morning.
Let's see if they do anything concrete to assist the distressed Buddhists or to punish the mobsters. - CM
'The riots later spread to Patia, home to a sizable Buddhist population, outside the south-eastern port city of Chittagong, where mobs attacked and vandalised three temples, local police chief Aminur Rashid said.
And how, precisely, did they 'spread'? That is the question AFP and other agencies' reporters should be asking. Somebody was orchestrating this. Somebody incited the mobs, in this place and in that. - CM
"They damaged statues and looted valuable items. We brought the situation under control", he said, adding security has been tightened in all Buddhist villages and temples in the area.
'Buddhists, who make up less than 1 percent of Bangladesh's 153 million population, are based mainly in south-eastern districts, close to the border with Buddhist-majority Burma.
'Sectarian tensions have been running high since June when deadly clashes erupted between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar's western Rakhine state.
Note how swiftly AFP, in the space of this one sentence, attempts to divert us from the contemplation of a massive assault by a very large group from a majority (and politically dominant) population, the Muslims of Bangladesh, upon a very tiny and vulnerable minority, the Buddhists there, to the situation in Burma, where Buddhists form the majority and Muslims are a minority (and a very aggressive and destructive minority they are, too). And as for those 'deadly clashes between' Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar...they began when a group of Buddhists attacked a small number of Muslims in response to a Muslim gang rape and murder of a Buddhist girl (which may well have been not the first such assault upon the non-Muslims, nor is that kind of thing - Muslim gang rape of non-Muslim girls - unheard of in other places where Muslims live among non-Muslims), after which very large numbers of Muslims exploded in violence against the Buddhists; and although the Myanmar Buddhist do seem to have fought back rather more strongly and effectively than the taken-by-surprise Buddhists of Bangladesh, a careful reading of the reports suggested that the greater part of the damage to persons and property in those 'clashes' was sustained by the defending Buddhists, not by the attacking Muslims. More temples were destroyed, than mosques. In sum: I find AFP's attempt, in this current report, to quickly shift our attention from 'Muslims as attackers', to 'Muslims as victims', to be perfectly disgusting. - CM
'Although Bangladesh, where nearly 90 percent of people are Muslims (it was not so in the past, even in the quite recent past - CM), has witnessed deadly clashes between Muslims and Hindus in the past (that is, 'has witnessed deadly attacks by majority Muslims upon minority Hindus in the past' - CM) sectarian clashes involving Buddhists are rare.
'Sectarian clashes'. AFP, this was not a 'sectarian clash'. This was not Muslims and Buddhists slogging it out, evenly matched. This was a full-on howling Muslim pogrom against members of the minority Buddhist community, who were defenceless and taken entirely by surprise, during the night. Were any mosques or Muslim homes or Muslim shops burnt and looted by rampaging Buddhist mobs? No, not even one. And should we hear of casualties, I will guarantee that those who may have been hurt or even killed are Buddhists, men, women and children, rather than Muslims. Further, if AFP did a little investigation, they would find that in reality Muslim attacks upon the remnant indigenous Buddhist tribes of this region of Bangladesh, tribes who were Buddhists centuries before Islam arrived on the scene, have been quite frequent; frequent enough (alongside similar attacks upon Christian and Hindu villagers) to have prompted the creation of a human rights advocacy group comprising Christians, Buddhists and Hindus who are attempting to raise world awareness of the unremitting Muslim persecution and oppression of the non-Muslim minorities of Bangladesh. - CM
'In recdent weeks tens of thousands of Muslims have hit the street across the country to protest a US-made anti-Islam film mocking the prophet Mohammed'.
And thus, slyly, AFP hints to us that this latest Muslim assault upon Buddhists in Bangladesh is not the fault of the Muslim mob burning, smashing and looting, but of the makers of a movie in America. To which the proper response is: So what? A short made-in-America video criticising Mohammed (and every incident depicted in that video can be found in the Islamic 'scriptures, pretty much as depicted, the only difference being that the makers of the movie do not represent those incidents as admirable and worthy of emulation but as morally despicable and/ or absurd) is absolutely no excuse for burned and looted Buddhist temples, homes and shops in Bangladesh. And a moment's reflection upon what Muslims have done to Buddhists in the past sixty years in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia, let alone what Muslims have done to Buddhists all over central Asia and in India, in previous centuries of recorded history, tells us that this latest attack on the Buddhists in Bangladesh is best understood as being driven by the general Muslim enmity toward everybody and everything that is not-Islam. The 'insulting' photo on Facebook that in any case may well have been 'planted' by a Muslim provocateur, or the 'mocking' movie, are merely pretexts, the excuses du jour. In the absence of those particular excuses, others would surely have been found - or fabricated, by the exquisitely thin-skinned and eternally trigger-happy members of the Religion of Perpetual Outrage. - CM