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How a gay editor was murdered in Bangladesh will infuriate you


The US Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Embassy officials/Wikimedia Commons)

Xulhaz Mannan, a US Embassy worker and the editor of an LGBT magazine, was brutally killed on Monday in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This comes after a string of violent killings of activists and bloggers in Bangladesh.

How the hell did this happen?

Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar, a man described as his friend, were in an apartment in Dhaka when six men pretending to deliver a package barged in and slaughtered them with machetes.

Mannan's mother and a maid were also in the room and watched in horror, but remain unhurt.

Mannan edited Roopbaan, an LGBT magazine serving as "a platform and publication promoting human right and freedom to love in Bangladesh."

The US ambassador to Bangladesh, Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, said:

"We abhor this senseless act of violence and urge the Government of Bangladesh in the strongest terms to apprehend the criminals behind these murders."

So there have been other similar deaths?

There have been several hacking deaths since 2013.

A teacher at Rajshahi University, Rezaul Karim Siddique, was recently stabbed in the neck by a student. The killer was not charged with any crime.

As a police commissioner explained:

"He [Siddique] was neither a blogger nor an anti-Islamic campaigner, but the pattern of the murder indicates Islamist militants involved in the recent spate of killings of secular bloggers might have a link"

ISIS actually took responsibility for the attack, stating their impetus being Siddique's atheist views.

Champa Patel, the director of Amnesty International in South Asia, said:

"The brutal killing today of an editor of an LGBTI publication and his friend, days after a university professor was hacked to death, underscores the appalling lack of protection being afforded to a range of peaceful activists in the country."

Other writers killed in recent years include: Nazimuddin Samad, Faisal Arefin Dipan, Ananta Bijoy Das, Niloy Neel, Washiqur Rahman, and Avijit Roy.

ISIS deemed all victims as "enemies of Islam" and promised to slaughter them.

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How a gay editor was murdered in Bangladesh will infuriate you

Samantha Rhodes

Samantha is a senior at Georgetown studying English and studio art. She has written for USA TODAY College, The Hoya, DC Life Magazine, and Smithsonian, among others, and is the current co-editor-in-chief of Georgetown campus publication Venture Capitol, which covers entrepreneurship and startups in DC. When not reporting or shooting with her Nikon, she's surrounded by books on Greek mythology and neuroscience or listening to tech podcasts on her way to Bikram yoga.

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