By Muhammad Saifullah
Toronto: A peaceful demonstration was held on Sunday November 27 at Danforth Ave in Toronto, Canada protesting the ongoing genocide of Rohingya in Arakan State, Myanmar.
The demonstration was organized by Islamic Centre Canada, Bangladeshi community and Rohingya community.
More than two hundred people took part from diverse communities including Ms. Salma Zahid, current member of parliament (MP) for Scarborough Centre constituency of Canada.
She stated Canada always come forward to every humanitarian aids around the world, to do so Canada is well aware of current situation in Myanmar particularly Rohingya. Government will support Rohingya and also assured the people and media answering questions from the journalist that she will raise the voice in parliament for the persecuted Rohingya minority of Myanmar as well.
The moderator Mr. Monir Islam mentioned about raping women and burning Rohingya villages in Arakan State in 2012 and within the last six weeks in Maungdaw and the whole Arakan as well.
Rohingya Youth leader Mr. Aziz Nur, requested the government of Bangladesh to allow humanitarian aid access including shelter to the temporarily fleeing Rohingya. He also said Rohingya knows Bangladesh is an over populated and poor country so Rohingya don’t want to be an extra burden for the people of Bangladesh. He also thanked all the Bangladeshi people for their humanitarian support who took part in the event.
Rohingya leader Mr. Anwar also delivered an emotional speech regarding current atrocities of Myanmar government against Rohingya minority in Arakan State of Myanmar.
Besides, different prominent Bangladeshi and Rohingya speakers delivered their speeches condemning the current extrajudicial killing of Rohingya and urging International community particularly Canadian government to support Rohingya and to intervene into current appalling situation of Rohingya where hundreds of people have been killed and arrested, women raped and thousands of houses torched in Maungdaw north.
Honorable Foreign Minister of Canada Mr. Stéphane Dion also tweeted yesterday that “Deeply concerned by reported violence against Rohingya minority in #Myanmar. Canada urges full humanitarian access to Rakhine State”.
The event was started at about 3. 30 PM (Canada Time) and about 5.30 PM with an announcement for a “Peaceful Demonstration” on 4th December 2016 at about 3: 00 PM at Yonge & Dundas Square (which is the most popular and largest square building of Toronto) in Canada. Thousands of people are expected to attend another Demonstration for Rohingya is expected to be held by 11 December 2016.