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Indonesian Muslims protest Rohingya persecution in Myanmar

Several hundred Muslim women demonstrated outside Myanmar's embassy in the Indonesian capital on Monday in the third day of protests. The protesters shouted "Save Rohingya," and held big banners that read, "Unite the people to free Rohingya Muslims" and "Stop Muslim genocide in Myanmar!"

By: AP | Jakarata | Published: September 4, 2017 2:25 pm


rohingya muslim, myanmar, indonesia Muslim women raise their fists as they shout slogans during a rally against persecution of Rohingya Muslim minority, outside Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Several hundred Muslim women demonstrated outside Myanmar’s embassy in the Indonesian capital on Monday in the third day of protests calling for the government to take a tougher stance against persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Dozens of armed police are guarding the embassy, which is cordoned behind barbed wire, after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at it on the weekend.

Protesters, organized by an Islamic group called Friends of Muslim Rohingya, shouted “Save Rohingya,” and held big banners that read, “Unite the people to free Rohingya Muslims” and “Stop Muslim genocide in Myanmar!”

The violence in Myanmar and an exodus of tens of thousands of Rohingya from Rakhine state into Bangladesh began after insurgents attacked Myanmar police and paramilitary posts in what they said was an effort to protect their ethnic minority from persecution by security forces in the majority Buddhist country.

In response, Myanmar’s military unleashed what it called “clearance operations.” Human Rights Watch says satellite imagery shows 700 buildings were burned in the Rohingya Muslim village of Chein Khar Li, just one of 17 locations in Rakhine state where the rights group has documented burning of property.

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, said on Twitter she is waiting for fellow Nobel laureate, Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, to condemn the “tragic and shameful treatment” of the Rohingya minority. In Australia, around 300 people from its Rohingya community rallied outside Parliament House and called on the government to intervene to prevent violence.

Indonesian Muslims protested against Myanmar’s government in Jakarta on the weekend, setting fire to a picture of Suu Kyi and further protests are set for this week. Local media reported that one group plans to stage a protest at Borobudur, a famous ancient Buddhist temple in central Java.

“The world remains silent in the face of the massacre of Rohingya Muslims,” said Farida, an organizer of Monday’s protest who uses a single name. “They have been tortured and killed like animals by Buddhists in Myanmar,” she told the crowd outside the embassy. “We demand the government puts pressure on the Buddhist government of Myanmar. We demand mobilization of our military to rescue the Rohingya.”

Indonesia’s president has called for an end to violence in Rakhine state and sent his foreign minister to discuss the plight of Rohingya Muslims with Suu Kyi.

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  1. w
    Sep 6, 2017 at 8:49 am
    award the Aung San Suu Kyi Nobel massacre
    1. M
      Sep 4, 2017 at 5:12 pm
      Hatred is such a bad thing that it kills the humanity within. Poor rohingyas should be invited to live safely by atleast the Islamic countries.
      1. Qazi Nadeem
        Sep 4, 2017 at 4:38 pm
        Besides Rohingaya also karen christian and gurkhas and mandarin chinese etnics were crushed in Myammar but people always see this Rohingaya crisis with a biased behavior towards muslims which is a result of Islamophobia being created by western media.
        1. G
          Gulam E
          Sep 4, 2017 at 4:28 pm
          It is a false notion that Muslim IL treat nonmuslim minorities in Muslim countries .Read Quran to under stand Islam Donot look the way Muslim now are behaving .At least the Rohigya community should be treated as human .
          1. A
            Sep 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm
            Hindus in Kashmir were forced to leave end masse because of acidic environment (radical islam) Yazidis in Iraq Syria were wiped out of their land by Islamic state terrorists Just because their populations are much much smaller than Muslims, does it mean that they should not be even thought of?
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