Friday Prayers Stage Huge Rally in Tehran, Call for Halt to Genocide of Muslims in Myanmar
During the rally, the Iranian protesters chanted slogans such as “Down with Israel” and “Down with US”, calling for an end to the genocide of innocent Muslims by the extremist Buddhists.
In relevant remarks earlier on Friday, Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani called for serious measures by Muslim countries to bring to a halt the genocide of Rohingya minority in Myanmar.
Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus, Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani said, “There is no hope that the international community will do anything, but all Muslim nations should hold rallies against the government of Myanmar.”
“May God bring these criminals to justice before their deaths,” the senior cleric added.
Myanmar’s security forces have been attacking the Rohingya Muslims and torching their villages since October 2016 in a bid to push them out of the western state of Rakhine.
The attacks have intensified since August 25, following alleged armed attacks on police and military posts in Rakhine.
The Rohingya have been subject to communal violence by extremist Buddhists for years, forcing large groups of Muslims to take perilous journeys and seek refuge in Bangladesh and other neighboring countries.
Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has come under fire for failing to protect the country’s Muslim minority from persecution.
She claimed on Wednesday that “a huge iceberg of misinformation” was spreading about violence in western Myanmar.