Demonstration staged in Matale over Rohingya crisis

A demonstration was staged in Matale today over the Rohingya crisis and Myanmar’s Nobel Peace Prize winning Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence on the issue.

The demonstrators held placards accusing Aung San Suu Kyi of using her Nobel Peace Prize as a “licence to kill” people.

Almost 300,000 Rohingya have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh, according to the UN, since renewed violence between state security forces and the minority group began more than two weeks ago.

The disruption started on August 25 after Rohingya fighters attacked police posts in Rakhine, on Myanmar’s (formerly Burma) western coast, triggering a military crackdown.

Kyi, the nation’s state counsellor and de facto leader, claimed this week that the situation is being twisted by a “huge iceberg of misinformation”, as reported by the BBC.

“We make sure that all the people in our country are entitled to protection of their rights as well as, the right to, not just political but social and humanitarian defence,” she reportedly told Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a phone call on September 5.

The Rohingya, frequently described as “the world’s most persecuted minority”, are a mostly Muslim ethnic group, who have lived in majority Buddhist Myanmar for centuries.

There are currently around 1.1m residents in the Southeast Asian nation, which is home to more than 100 ethnic groups and approximately 55 million people. (Colombo Gazette)

Pics by Ravindra Viraj Abeysiri


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