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MJC to lead march in protest against Myanmar violence

The MJC’s Riad Fataar says it is shocked and saddened by the ongoing violence against the minority Rohingya Muslim population in Myanmar.

Bangladeshi onlookers watch as a man covers the bodies of Rohingya women and children on 31 August 2017 who drowned after their boat capsized. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) will lead a march in Cape Town on Wednesday, opposing the violence against the Rohingya people in Myanmar.

Bangladesh's prime minister has urged the country to take back hundreds of thousands of refugees who've fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Some 370,000 Rohingya have crossed the border since last month and hundreds have died in violence.

The MJC’s Riad Fataar says it is shocked and saddened by the ongoing violence against the minority Rohingya Muslim population in Myanmar.

“We are totally appalled. It’s a humanitarian crisis.

Fataar says the global community needs to stand together and voice its concern for what is happening to the Rohingya Muslim community.

“Their basic rights have been taken away and these people are waiting for the world around them, not just Muslims, to help them.”

The group is calling on the South African government to take action against Myanmar, by withdrawing diplomatic staff from the country.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)