Sydney rallies against Rohingya genocide

September 19, 2017
Rohingya rally on September 17. Photo: Stephen Langford

Up to 800 people rallied in Martin Place against the genocide of the Rohingya ethnic minority in Burma on September 17. The protest was organised by the Sydney Press and Media Council.

Hundreds and thousands of Rohingya, including women and children, have been displaced from their homeland in Rakhine, Burma and forced to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

The protest highlighted the mass killings of Rohingya community, including women and children, under the leadership of Nobel Peace Prize winner Ang Sang Suu Kyi and the military regime in Burma.

Germany, Sweden, England and Turkey have taken a strong stand, but the Australian government has not said anything in defence of the Rohingya.

Rohingya community leaders, including Abdul Matin and Ratan Kundu of the Sydney Press and Media Council; Lutful Kabir, Monirul Haque George from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Australia and editor of Suprovat Sydney; and Abdullah Yusuff Shamim urged the Australian government to take action to stop the mass killing of the minority Rohingya community in Myanmar.

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