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Monday 11th
posted by Steve Sweeney in Britain

THOUSANDS gathered in London at the weekend to condemn the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

On Saturday hundreds gathered at Downing Street as they urged the government to intervene and stop the slaughter of the country’s persecuted minority.

They urged the British government to speak out and blasted the mainstream media for its silence over the killing of thousands of Muslims.

Protesters demanded that Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi be stripped of her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, accusing her of being complicit in the atrocities.

Muslims make up around 4 per cent of mainly Buddhist Myanmar, with around 1.1 million Rohingya living in the Rakhine area of the country. They are denied citizenship and have been persecuted for decades.

Thousands have been killed following an offensive by Myanmar’s army, which started in August, and around 65,000 are believed to have crossed the border into Bangladesh as refugees.

Earlier this week 157 MPs called on Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to suspend training of the Myanmar military amid reports of beheadings and children being shot.

While Britain does not deliver combat training it educates soldiers in “democracy, leadership and the English language” at a cost of £305,000 last year.

A separate demonstration took place on Sunday at the Myanmar embassy.

Organiser Raja Sikander Khan alleged that what was happening was “total genocide.” He also criticised the UN, which is reported to have stopped aid deliveries because of security fears.

Mr Khan accused sectarian Buddhists in Rakhine of “killing and torturing innocent women and children.”

“We want to show the international community that we are united on this issue and that we totally condemn what is happening there,” he said.