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Stockholm - More than 100 people gathered in Stockholm, capital of Sweden on Tuesday to protest against the ongoing persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's western Rakhine State.

The Rohingya Support Committee had organized the demonstration at Sergels Torg Square.

Protesters held pictures, placards, and banners condemning atrocities against the Muslim minority by Myanmar's army and government, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

Stop the genocide in Myanmar, Stop killing Muslims in Arakan and Stop Rohingya Genocide'' were some slogans chanted at the protest.

Demonstrators also requested the withdrawal of the Nobel Peace Prize given to the Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi in 1990.

Swedish Rohingya Association Chairman Abul Kalam thanked Turkey and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for supporting the Rohingya cause.

Kalam also expressed satisfaction with the activities of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) in Myanmar.

We are thankful to Turkey and Turkish president who showed us humanity and sympathy.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot WallstrAlm, who was in Bangladesh and Myanmar last week, said over 600,000 Rohingya Muslims had been subjected to violence and harassment since August.

The European Rohingya Council has described the situation as a slow-burning genocide. However, it has gained pace after Aug. 25. There are almost no Muslims left in Rohingya Muslims' historic homeland of Rakhine.

A crackdown launched on Aug. 25 has seen more than 620,000 Rohingya cross from Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN.

The refugees are fleeing a military operation that has seen security forces and Buddhist mobs kill men, women and children, loot homes and torch Rohingya villages.

Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

Following a similar military crackdown launched in October last year, the UN documented mass gang rapes, killings including of infants and young children brutal beatings and disappearances committed by security personnel.

UN investigators said such violations might have constituted crimes against humanity.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

 

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