Hefazat calls for end to Rohingya genocide, formation of independent Arakan state

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:51, Sep 19,2017 | Updated: 00:54, Sep 19,2017

 
 

Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh brings out a procession at Shantinagar in the capital on Monday, protesting at genocide against the Rohingyas by the Myanmar army. — Sanaul Haque

Islamist organisation Hefazate Islam Bangladesh at a demonstration on Monday called for an immediate end to genocide in the Rakhine state of Myanmar and urged Bangladesh government for diplomatic move for setting up an independent Arakan state for the ethnic minority people.
Addressing a rally in front of Baitul Mukarrom National Mosque in the capital, the Islamist leaders asked the government to provide adequate food, proper shelter and healthcare services for the affected Myanmar nationals who have taken refuse in Cox’s Bazar to protect their lives from violence in their homeland.
‘The government should ensure a decent life for Rohingya Muslims,’ said Hefazat’s Dhaka city unit chief Nur Hossain Quasemi who presided over the rally.
Hefazat leaders at the rally said that ‘establishing an independent Arakan state’ was the only permanent solution ‘for freeing Rohingya Muslims.’
They urged the Bangladesh government to create pressure on Myanmar government to rehabilitate the Rohingyas in their motherland.
Blaming Aung Aan Suu Kyi and the Myanmar army for the ‘genocide and persecution’ as a part of ethnic cleansing, the protesters urged the international community to impose sanctions on Myanmar and to force them to stop atrocities on Rohingyas.
Thousands of leaders and activists of the organisation joined the rally prior to marching towards Myanmar embassy at Gulshan in the capital to lay a seize to the embassy.
Police, however, intercepted and stopped the marchers at Shantinagar intersection around 12:30pm, minutes after beginning the march, while Nur declared conclusion of their programme and a representative team led by him headed towards Myanmar embassy to submit a memorandum to press home their demands.
Meanwhile, different socio-cultural and professional groups also held demonstrations in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country demanding an end to atrocities and persecution on Rohingya people.
Bangladesh Chalachchitra Paribar, a combine of 18 organisations related to film making including artists and directors, formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club in the capital in the morning calling for stopping ‘genocide’ upon Rohingyas in Myanmar.
New Age correspondent in Rajshahi reported that the teachers and students of Rajshahi University on Monday demonstrated on the campus protesting against the ‘genocide and persecution’ on Rohingyas.
Teachers under the banners of the ruling Awami League backed-RU progressive teachers’ society and BNP-backed nationalist teachers’ forum formed a human chain and held a silent procession and a rally at the university separately while the students under the banner of general students also formed a human chain in front of the central library to press home their demands.
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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