Thousands of Muslim activists have been stopped by the police from marching on the border with Myanmar in protest against persecuting Rohingya Muslims.
Bangladeshi police intervened thousands of Muslims belonging to the Islami Andolan Bangladesh party who were gathering in front of Baitul Mukarram national mosque in the capital, Dhaka, to march on the southeastern border on Sunday.
The protesters chanted slogans, while carrying placards condemning Myanmar’s Nobel laureate and state counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi.
6,000 people had arrived for the protest, said Rafiqul Islam, a local police chief.
“The march was cancelled by mutual consent and came to a halt as we mutually discussed the march would hamper public life,” he added.
Party spokesman, Atiqur Rahman, accused the Bangladeshi police of forcefully stopping and arresting the protesters.
“They (police) stopped our activists and randomly arrested many of us. We strongly condemn such actions of the administration,” he added.
27,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh over the past weeks due to an ongoing military crackdown in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine.
Survivors of police brutality have recounted horrific stories of mass murder, gang rape and torture at the hands of Myanmar’s troops.
Over 230,000 Rohingya currently live in Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Myanmar’s government denies full citizenship to the members of Rohingya despite their presence in Rakhine.