Bangladesh Islamists call to arm Rohingya

Bangladesh Islamists call to arm RohingyaThousands of Islamist hardliners marched in Bangladesh’s port city of Chittagong Friday calling for the government to arm Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing a crackdown in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state. More than half a million Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since attacks by militants belonging to the Muslim minority on Myanmar police posts sparked brutal reprisals by security forces. The refugees accuse Myanmar’s army — flanked by mobs of ethnic Rakhine — of slaughtering them and burning their villages in a campaign which the United Nations says amounts to “ethnic cleansing”.

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