The Rohingya are not alone

September 12, 2017, 1:46 am, By Tahsina Tabassum Shrabanti

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MUSLIMS and other protestors have shown solidarity with the persecuted Rohingya minority in Burma (Myanmar) over renewed violence in the country’s restive Rakhine State.

More than one million people attended a rally in Grozny, the capital of Muslim-majority Chechnya in Russia on Monday holding signs that read “Stop Genocide in Myanmar” and “Stop Killing Myanmar Muslims.”

Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov addressed the crowd, criticising the Russian government’s lack of action on Burma to responses of “Allahu akbar”, reported


 

In Moscow, 20 people were arrested for causing a disturbance outside the Burmese embassy on Monday. Almost 1,000 people showed up to protest outside the building on Sunday.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Monday took to Twitter to denounce the persecution of Rohingya and other Muslims as a “collective failure” of leadership in the Muslim world.

In Indonesia – the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation – protesters descended on the Burmese embassy in Jakarta on Saturday and Sunday.

A group of Muslim activists reportedly called upon the Nobel Prize Committee to withdraw the prize from Burma’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Jakarta police reported a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the embassy early on Sunday morning, causing a small fire on the second floor of the building.


 

Further pro-Rohingya protests are scheduled in the Indonesian capital for Wednesday and at Indonesia’s most iconic Buddhist monument Borobudur in Central Java on Friday. Local police, however, denied a permit for the latter demonstration.


 

Last week, a largely-Rohingya group of some 1,200 protesters turned out in Kuala Lumpur to highlight the plight of their countrymen – many of whom have relatives living in Rakhine State and in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Some 60,000 Rohingya live in Malaysia.
 

Ref: Asian Correspondent, 5th September 2017

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