Dozens of people on Friday gathered in front of the Myanmar embassy in Washington to protest the ongoing persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State.
This is while fresh violence erupted in Rakhine state late last months, when security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya, killing and displacing thousands of then.
Scores of protestors participated in the demonstration, which was organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), while waving banners condemning the Myanmar military’s ongoing crimes against the Rohingya.
“We are so worried and concerned about what’s taking place in Myanmar against the most persecuted minority in the world,” said Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR. “Because of their ethnicity, because of their faith and because of who they are.”
Since October, Myanmar security forces launched a five-month crackdown against Rohingya Muslims. Since then around 40 people have been killed.
Awad condemned the Myanmar government, describing the Rohingya as the single largest minority that is considered stateless.
“They, (Myanmar) are judging and would they like to be judged based on skin color and ethnicity. Not with their character, or their worth, or their law or their state,” he said.
He also slammed Myanmar’s de facto leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, for denying the brutality that is taking place in her country.