Political parties continued staging demonstrations in Dhaka protesting at the genocide and persecution of Rohingya muslims by the Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state.
Several thousand activists of Islami Andolan Bangladesh staged a demonstration at the north gate of national mosque Baitul Mokarram in the moring.
But police foiled their march to lay a siege on the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka protesting the genocide and persecution of Rohingya muslims.
As per their earlier announcement, activists of the Islamic party from different parts of the country started converging on the north gate of Baitul Mokarram mosque from 9:00am.
The gathering caused huge gridlock at Paltan, Dainik Bangla, Topkhana Road, Bijoy Nagar and the link roads forcing commuters to get down and start walking to reach their respective destinations.
The leaders and activists of the Islamic party started marching towards the Myanmar embassy in the capital’s Baridhara from Baitul Mokarram at 11:00am to besiege it.
The angry demonstrators torched the national flag of Myanmar and threw shoes at the effigy of Myanmar’s de-facto leader Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi for perpetrating the torture and killing of Rohingya muslims.
The demonstrators chanted different slogans such as ‘stop Genocide’, ‘Cancel the Nobel Prize of Suu Kyi’ and ‘Build Muslim unity and free the Rakhine State from the intervention of Myanmar’.
Police intercepted the march at Shantinagar at about 11:30am saying they could not allow anybody to hold any gathering in the diplomatic zone of Gulshan and Baridhara.
Police, however, allowed a five-member delegation from among the protesting party men to submit a memorandum to the Myanmar embassy.
As obstructed, the protesting leaders and activists of the Islamic party got back to Baitul Mokarram at 12 noon.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh National Awami Party held a sit-in programme in front of National Press Club on the day to protest against the genocide of Rohingya muslims in Myanmar.
Addressing the demonstrators, BNP leader Joynal Abedin Faruk called on the government to take effective steps to ensure basic needs of the Rohingya refugees and resolve the crisis.
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