Russia: Tens of thousands protest in Grozny in solidairty with Myanmar's Rohingyas

Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in solidarity with Rohingya Muslims in central Grozny, Monday. Demonstrators held banners reading 'no to genocide in Myanmar' in front of Chechnya’s Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque, otherwise known as 'The Heart of Chechnya.' Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, gave a speech in which he called for “an international investigation of crimes against humanity... Еще,» adding that «countries that have closed their borders and refused assistance to refugees [should] be called to account.” Representatives of the clergy of Chechnya and neighbouring North Caucasus republics were also in attendance. Violence has erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, home to Rohingya Muslims, after an attack on the country’s police force, allegedly by Rohingya militants, left 12 officers dead. Myanmar’s military claims to be targeting militants in response. However, according to the UN, an estimated 73,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh amid widespread reports of indiscriminate killings, arson, looting and rape in Rohingya villages. Nearly 400 people are thought to have died in the violence in the last week alone.

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