Indonesians urge end to violence against Rohingya

Demonstrators in Jakarta call on Indonesian government to stand firm against Myanmar over violence in Rakhine state

Indonesians urge end to violence against Rohingya

World Bulletin / News Desk

Indonesians from all walks of life on Saturday sounded the alarm over violence against the Rohingya minority group in Myanmar.

Dozens of members of the Community of Professional Care for Rohingya held a demonstration in front of Myanmar’s Embassy in Jakarta, demanding the Southeast Asian country stop all violence against Rohingya Muslims.

"What the Myanmar government has done is beyond the limits of humanity," coordinator Irfan Gani was quoted as saying by, a local news site.

Kompas reported that the protestors, including athletes, human rights activists, businesspeople, and politicians, carried posters saying "Save Muslim Rohingya" and "Expel the Ambassador of Myanmar", and expressed their anger at Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi by stepping on a poster of her labelled "The Inhuman Lady".

Tensions rose when police blocked protesters from getting closer to the embassy, ​​but the blockade did not lead to a riot.

Gani said the government should stand firm with Myanmar by cutting diplomatic ties and recalling its envoy.

"We urge the government to recall the Indonesian ambassador to Myanmar, which is a form of our resistance showing that Indonesia does not approve of human rights violations," he said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Eylül 2017, 10:37