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Indonesian Muslims protest Rohingya persecution

Muslim women, one of them holding a poster depicting Wirathu, the leader of Myanmar's nationalist Buddhist monks, raise their fists as they shout slogans during a rally against persecution of Rohingya Muslim minority, outside Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday.

Muslim women, one of them holding a poster depicting Wirathu, the leader of Myanmar's nationalist Buddhist monks, raise their fists as they shout slogans during a rally against persecution of Rohingya Muslim minority, outside Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday.   | Photo Credit: AP

Several hundred Muslim women demonstrated outside Myanmar’s embassy in the Indonesian capital in the third day of protests calling for the government to take a tougher stance against persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority.

Dozens of armed police are guarding the embassy in central Jakarta on Monday after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at it on the weekend.

Protesters shouted “Save Rohingya,” and held big banners that read “Stop Muslim genocide in Myanmar!”

The violence in Myanmar and an exodus into Bangladesh began after insurgents attacked Myanmar police and paramilitary posts in what they said was an effort to protect their ethnic minority from persecution by security forces in the majority Buddhist country.

In response, Myanmar’s military unleashed what it called “clearance operations.”

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