Do you believe in karma……?
Whilst the region is grappling with the Rohingya refugee crisis, in the country which is the main culprit to the problem, Myanmar, hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Myanmar’s largest city of Yangon on Wednesday to denounce foreign criticism of the country’s treatment of stateless Rohingya Muslims.
About 300 people, led by about 30 Buddhist monks, shouted slogans against the United Nations and Western media, who they accuse of unfairly blaming Myanmar for a “boat people” crisis that has seen thousands of trafficked Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants wash up in Southeast Asia in recent weeks.
Banners carried through the streets included slogans calling the migrants “terrorists” and “beast”.
Protesters also urged Myanmar’s government to use a 17-nation crisis meeting scheduled to be held in the Thai capital Bangkok on Friday to resist pressure from other nations to grant greater rights to Rohingya.
Over a million Rohingya live in apartheid-like conditions in the country’s western Rakhine State and are regarded by the government as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
More than 2,500 migrants are still believed to be stranded at sea, according to the United Nations, weeks after a crackdown on trafficking by Thai authorities prompted smugglers to abandon boats in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.
And amidst all these, the world-renowned, Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has remained quiet.