Different political and social organisations on Friday protested at the ongoing persecution of Rohingya people in their homeland Myanmar and demanded their safe repatriation from Bangladesh.
In separate rallies in front of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque and National Press Club after Jummah prayers, Islamist organisations urged the Bangladesh government to take a strong diplomatic position to resolve the problem and to provide adequate food, shelter and medicare for Rohingya people.
At a rally organised by Islami Oikya Jote in front of Baitul Mukarram, the speakers suggested prime minister Sheikh Hasina take necessary diplomatic steps to unite Muslim countries against Myanmar’s atrocities on Rohingya people.
They urged the Muslim World to punish Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi for her failure to stop persecution of Rohingya by Myanmar army.
Mufti Abdul Latif Nezami, mufti Faizullah, Abul Hasanat Amini and Altaf Hussain, among others, addressed the rally.
Demanding an immediate stop to persecution of Rohingya in Myanmar, leaders of Bangladesh Jamiat-e-Talaba-e-Arabia and Alokito Gopalganj also held human chains in front of the national mosque.
Addressing separate rallies in front of the National Press Club, leaders of Bangladesh Ahle Hadith Jamaat and Bangladesh Ahle Hadith Chatra Samaj called for creating safe zones under the supervision of the United Nations for safe repatriation of the Rohingya refugees.
Ahle Hadith leader Mohammad Muslehuddin said that the Buddhist-dominated Myanmar government and the army had no religion as their actions breached the prime notion of Buddhism, which preaches establishment of peace in the society.
The demonstrators also participated in a special prayer seeking divine blessings for the persecuted Rohingya.
They also marched through Old Dhaka alleys calling for punishment of Aung San Suu Kyi and her army personnel.
Members of Bangladesh Village Doctors and Pharmacy Development Foundation and Bangladesh Kobita Mancha also held human chains in front of the National Press Club demanding an immediate stop to Myanmar’s state violence against Rohingya.
In another human chain in front of the National Press Club, Oikya NAP leaders called on the Myanmar government to stop atrocities on the Rohingya people in its Rakhine state.
SMA Sobur, acting president of the party, said that the Bangladesh government accepted the Rohingya refugees on humanitarian grounds. ‘But the Myanmar government must take back their citizens from Bangladesh immediately,’ he said.
Central leaders of the party Asadullah Tareque, Abdul Monaem Neheru, Harun-or-Rashid and Ranjir Kumar Saha, also spoke.
Sammilita Awami Samarthok Jote, Bangabandhu Shikhkha O Gabeshona Parishad, Bangladesh Awami Muktijoddha League, Nil Manabadhikar Unnayan Sangstha, Bangla Bhasay Unmukta Sahitya Charcha Parishad and Dhaka South city unit of Jatiya Mahila Party formed separate human chains and rallies in front of the National Press Club protesting at persecution of Rohingya people in Myanmar.