2017-09-04 17:42:00

Over 1 mln join Grozny rally in defense of Myanmar's Muslims organizers

Grozny, September 4, Interfax - More than one million people attended a rally in Grozny on Monday to protest against the "genocide of Muslims" in Myanmar, the organizers reported.

"More than one million people have participated in the rally," the organizing committee told Interfax.

"The public event passed without incident," the organizers said.

The rally took place under a banner with the slogan "No to genocide of Muslims in Myanmar" on the stage in downtown Grozny. The leaders of the Chechen Republic took part in the rally.

As reported earlier, rally participants adopted a decision to petition Russian President Vladimir Putin to make efforts to help stop violence against Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya.

"Today we, Russian citizens and Muslims of the North Caucasus, Sufi brotherhoods, civil society, religious organizations, and opinion leaders, request you, the chief of a great state, the leader of a nation with centuries-long religious and moral foundations, a politician and a person who respects Islam, to use all your authority and influence in the world in order to stop the genocide of Muslim Rohingya people in Myanmar," the petition said.

There is an ethnic purge going on in Myanmar where barbaric killings of people including children are taking place, Chechnya head Ramzan Kadyrov said in a speech during the rally.

"Today, I and millions of people in many countries demand that the leaders of world powers stop this bloodshed forever. We demand punishment for the guilty and an international investigation into crimes against humanity," Kadyrov said in his speech.

According to earlier reports, Myanmar authorities are conducting the operation in the Rakhine State against Rohingya people, whom they consider to be Islamic militants and whom the Myanmar media have called 'Bengal terrorists.' This has resulted in the death of 400 people, including 350 Rohingya.

The Rohingya consider themselves an indigenous people of today's Myanmar Rakhine State, although most historians believe they moved to Myanmar when it was still a British colony. The authorities and people of Myanmar, where the main religion is Buddhism, consider Rohingya Muslims illegal migrants from Bangladesh and therefore deny them citizenship. The conflict between the Rohingya and Burmese, who are Buddhists, in the Rakhine State has smoldered for many years.