- Title: Malaysians hold rally calling for government to help Rohingyas
- Date: 25th November 2016
- Summary: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (NOVEMBER 25, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF POLICE SECURITY AT PROTEST PROTESTER MARCHING PROTESTER MARCHING/HOLDING PLACARDS READING (English) "SAVE ROHINGYA" POLICE BLOCKING PROTESTERS FROM ENTERING MYANMAR EMBASSY COMPOUND PROTESTERS HOLDING BANNER READING (English) "ROHINGYA KILLINGS IS WAR CRIME" 6 PROTESTER HOLDING BANNER READING (English) "STOP KILLING ROHINGYA" PROTESTER CHANTING AND WEARING CHAINS ON WRISTS PROTESTER HOLDING PLACARD READING (English) "AUNG SAN SUU KYI, SHAME ON YOU" POLICE STANDING OUTSIDE EMBASSY COMPOUND SIGNBOARD READING (English) "EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE UNION OF MYANMAR" HEAD OF MALAYSIAN MUSLIM COALITION AMIR HAMZAH HANDING OVER MEMORANDUM TO EMBASSY STAFF VARIOUS OF HAMZAH TALKING TO EMBASSY STAFF (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF MALAYSIAN MUSLIM COALITION AMIR HAMZAH SAYING: "Our demand actually, they (Myanmar government) should protect them (Rohingya) immediately, shouldn't wait for UN or whatever army to get inside the picture, she as a president of Myanmar (Aung San Suu Kyi), she should protect the minority like even in this country the minority protected by the government. So you see she should show an example to the world that she protect the 10 percent of the Rohingya over there" PROTESTERS CHANTING "ALLAHUAKBAR" (GOD IS GREATEST) ROHINGYA COMMUNITY LEADER MUHAMMED NOOR LEADING PROTEST CHANTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROHINGYA COMMUNITY LEADER MUHAMMED NOOR SAYING: "This movement has to continue, until it pressurizes the government to stop the killing because if they (Myanmar) want to be part of ASEAN they want to be with the rest of ASEAN countries, this is a region where lives a lot of Buddhists a lot of Muslims, they are instigating this their transferring their problem to neighbouring countries, a lot of Rohingya lives in Indonesia in Thailand in Malaysia. So it is a responsibility of Myanmar to protect them not the rest of the countries here. So that is why Myanmar has to take the responsibility and give back the citizenship of Rohingya as soon as possible, immediately" BANNER READING (English) "ASEAN'S LEADERS, WE APPEAL TO YOU TO STOP THE ETHNIC CLEANSING KILLINGS AND TORTURING OF OUR ROHINGYA BROTHERS IN MYANMAR" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS RECITE PRAYER PROTESTERS CHANTING
- Embargoed: 10th December 2016 09:35
- Keywords: Myanmar Rohingya Muslims Rakhine violence
- Location: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
- City: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
- Country: Malaysia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00159XZ2H1
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of Malaysian Muslims marched in Kuala Lumpur on Friday (November 25) to protest against escalating violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
The conflict in Rakhine has sent hundreds of Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh and poses a serious challenge to leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who swept to power last year on promises of national reconciliation.
At least 86 people are reported to have been killed in escalating violence that has displaced about 30,000 in the region's most serious bloodshed since hundreds were killed in communal clashes in 2012.
Many Malaysians protesting called on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to do more.
"They (Myanmar government) should protect them (Rohingyas) immediately, shouldn't wait for UN or whatever army to get inside the picture, she as a president of Myanmar (Aung San Suu Kyi), she should protect the minority," said the head of Malaysian Muslim Coalition Amir Hamzah.
Many among the Buddhist majority in Myanmar view its 1.1 million Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
Malaysia will summon Myanmar's ambassador over the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in northwestern Rakhine state, its foreign ministry said.
Protests were also held in Bangkok, Thailand and in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Friday.
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