“We call on all Bangladeshis who bear responsibility in politics and society to turn to the country’s poor,” he added. “The simple people here have actually always lived together peacefully. That is a part of our culture and tradition. The conflicts tend to be brought into the country from outside.”
The Christian communities of Bangladesh have declared June 1 to be a day of joint prayer, fasting, and penitence.
The nation of 161 million, the world’s eighth most populous, is nearly 90% Muslim, nearly 10% Hindu, and 0.2% Catholic.