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Rohringya protest demonstration near the Burmese embassy in Malaysia
PROCESTERS gathered in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday to emphasize the distress of the Muslim Rohingya ethnic group in the midst of a new eruption of force in the Rakhine state of Burma (Myanmar). About 1,200 predominantly Rohingya Muslims - with posters with the inscription "Stop killing Rohingya " - went to the roads of Malaysia's capitol to demand an end to the war.
"They are all gone, they were shot," said a 20-year-old Rohingya demonstrant, who gave his name as Niamutullah. Over 18,000 Rohingya, many ill and some with gunshot marks, have escaped to neighboring Bangladesh after a string of co-ordinated Rohingya insurgents' assaults on Myanmar's Rakhine state police.
Twenty-year-old, who escaped to Malaysia 12 years ago, said he thought his parents' house had burned down and his brothers and sisters were now on the run. The Malaysian Advisory Council of Islamic Organizations (Mapim) demanded that all Myanmar citizens be deported from Malaysia if the brutality against the Rohingya does not stop.
They don't have to be here," said Mapim's Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid, as The Star had previously given a memo to the Embassy of Burma. Malaysia's Islamic overwhelming population includes almost 60,000 Rohingya minorities who are being persecuted, especially in Buddhist Myanmar. Treating about 1.1 million Rohingya in Myanmar is the greatest challenges faced by Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's leading author.
Rohingya are refused Myanmar nationality and are considered irregular migrants, although they refer to centuries-old origins. There were at least 109 deaths in the recent Rakhine assault, most of them fighters, but also members of the police and civilian population. This violent incident marked a tragic intensification of a dispute that began in October, when a similar but much smaller sequence of Rohingya incursions on police stations triggered a violent armed uprising.