Police intercepted a scheduled march brought out by Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh to lay siege to the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka Monday noon protesting the neighbouring country’s persecution being carried out on its ethnic minority Rohingya.
The law enforcers intervened to stop the march at Shantinagar intersection around 12:35pm, minutes after the Islamist group started for Myanmar embassy.
Several thousand activists and leaders of Hefazat joined the march that started around 12:15pm from Baitul Mukarram mosque.
An hour-long rally, presided over by Hefazat's Dhaka metropolitan unit chief Nur Hossain Quasemi, was held prior to the march on the premises of the mosque.
UN agencies said that 4.12 lakh Rohingyas entered Bangladesh fleeing the ongoing violence in Rakhine state, Myanmar in the past three weeks. Bangladesh foreign ministry officials estimated that the number of new and old Rohingya entrants crossed 8.30 lakh.
The ongoing ethnic cleansing began in Rakhine on August 25, when Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army reportedly attacked dozens of police posts and checkpoints and one military base in Rakhine and Burma army launched the ‘clearance operation.’
The Rohingyas are a stateless ethnic minority in Myanmar not allowed to exercise their basic rights including the freedom to move, right to education, work and other social, civil and political rights.
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