About 3,000 Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital to denounce violence against the Rohingya ethnic group in Myanmar. Indonesians have demonstrated for four straight days near the Myanmar embassy against what they described as a “genocide” targeting the mainly-Buddhist country’s Muslim Rohingya minority.
Many of the protesters yesterday were from the Islamic Defenders Front, a organisation know for its vigilante activities.
The crowd gathered at a central Jakarta roundabout and waved banners that read: “Stop the genocide of Muslim Rohingya by the Myanmar regime!” and “Expel the Myanmar ambassador now!”
They later moved to the nearby Myanmar embassy, where several representatives of the protesters were received by deputy ambassador Kyaw Soe Thien. Kapitra Ampera, one of the representatives, said they demanded the embassy be closed temporarily and that the ambassador leave the country. “We want all the violence conducted by the Myanmar government to stop,” he said.
Police said 6,000 personnel were on stand-by to guard against violence. More than 140,000 Rohingya, members of a persecuted Muslim minority, have fled to Bangladesh since August, bringing with them stories of atrocities carried out by Myanmar soldiers.
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