Bengali new year parade in Dhaka stands up to militancy

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Image caption, Bengali new year was celebrated across Bangladesh on Friday, with the parade in the capital, Dhaka, carrying an anti-militancy message.
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Image caption, Armed police guarded the crowds, after some Islamist groups condemned the celebrations as anti-Islamic.
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Image caption, Traditional Bangla drummers got the crowds dancing during the procession, known locally as Mongol Shobhajatra.
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Image caption, One young spectator was mesmerised by the giant floats.
Image source, Salman Saeed/BBC
Image caption, The event was organised by the Faculty of Fine Art of Dhaka University and drew a diverse range of participants, including members of the LGBT community.

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