Grozny: Tens of thousands of Russian citizens have taken to the streets in Russia’s predominantly Muslim Chechnya to protest killings of Rohingyas in Myanmar.
A huge rally was held on Monday in the Chechen capital Grozny to support the Rohingya minority, one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.
The September 4 demonstration in front of the large Heart of Chechnya Mosque in central Grozny was attended by Kremlin-backed Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, regional parliament speaker Magomed Daudov, and other officials as well as clerics.
In a speech, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov compared the violence against Rohingya to the Holocaust. Kadyrov, in a video released earlier on Monday said he would “go against Russia” if the Russian government supports Myanmar’s military. “If…Russia supported these devils that carry out the crimes today, I am against Russia’s position because I have my own views and my own position”, says Kadyrov.
Russian federal forces fought two bloody wars in Chechnya in the 1990s.
Nearly 90,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have arrived in neighboring Bangladesh since violence erupted in Burma on August 25, according to the United Nations.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused Myanmar of “genocide” against the Rohingya Muslim minority. “Those who close their eyes to this genocide perpetuated under the cover of democracy are its collaborators.”, he said in a speech in Istanbul during the Islamic Eid al-Adha feast.