Protest planned in Dewsbury to highlight plight of Rohingyas
EXCLUSIVE: Protesters plan on gathering outside Dewsbury Town Hall tomorrow to demand an end to persecution inflicted upon the Rohingya people.
Over 100 people are expected by organisers, who plan on highlighting the plight for the Rohingya, a stateless Muslim ethnic group living primarily in Rakhine State in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.
They are not recognised as citizens by the ruling government and United Nations officials and human rights groups have reported evidence of severe human rights abuses inflicted upon them, including incitement of anti-Muslim violence.
One of the organisers of the protest, Rehan Kayani, said: “The protest is to show solidarity to the people of Burma getting killed as their fault is only because they are Muslim. Burma don’t allow any media there and no charity can go in Burma to support Muslims, so with these protests we can raise our voices.
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“Local MPs should take this issue to Parliament and we want to make people aware, use social media and spread the word as the mainstram media isn’t doing anything.”
Guest speakers, local MPs and councillors are expected to attend.
The protest is scheduled to take place tomorrow outside Dewsbury Town Hall from 2.30pm.
Last week, a similar protest was held in Bradford.