Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American blogger, was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in Dhakar yesterday. Roy was a prominent critic of the Bangladeshi government and the growing role of Islam in Bangladeshi politics. His blog, Mukto-Mona, provided a community for atheists, skeptics and humanists of Bengali and South Asian descent.
In 2013, another atheist blogger in Bangladesh, Ahmed Rajib Haider, was hacked to death in a similar attack. That attack, perpetrated by an Islamic militant group, sparked widespread protests, with thousands of Haider supporters taking to the streets to demand justice while thousands of counter protesters called for strengthening anti-blasphemy laws.