Qaanitah Hunter-Cii News, Pic (file) : Andrew Biraj / Reuters – Rohingyas from Myanmar sit on a jetty by the river Naf after being arrested by Border Guards of Bangladesh while trying to get into the country - August 7, 2012
Following reports of intensifying torture to Rohingiya Muslims by Myanamar or Burmese authorities a protest march has been planned to the Burma embassy in Pretoria next week.
A provisional date has been set for Thursday, 16 of August 2012, which has been approved by the Tswane Municipality according to the organisers.
No formal group is being the initiative but is rather been driven by a group of concerned individuals.
Myanmar security forces along with ethnic Rakine Buddhists have reportedly killed, raped or carried out mass arrests of Rohingya Muslims after deadly sectarian riots in the northeast of the country during June.
“This matter is not been covered by mainstream media and hearing from social media and individuals about the plight in Burma we decided to take up this mission,” a member of the organising committee, Ahmed Ismail said.
There are still logistical problems that are due to be ironed out and a time is yet to be set.
“We have to approach the Burma Embassy and they have to also fill in some documentation as well. They have to agree to meet us at the march and so on,” he said.
Ismail said they have been receiving assistance in the forms of printing of banners but they need help with publicity and voluntary marshals.
“Alhamdulillah [all praise be to God] brothers have come forward but we still need assistance for marshals,” he said.
As per law, a legal protest is required to have 10 percent of the crowd as marshals.
There will be an organisers meeting tonight where all finer details of the march will be discussed.
Ismail urged communities to come out in their numbers and support the oppressed Rohingiya Muslims.
“Let us as a Muslim community of South Africa unite and stand together against oppression of our Muslim brothers and sisters in that country.”
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