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CAIR-MN: Minnesota Groups to Hold Protest, Rally Against Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma

CAIR-MN: Minnesota Groups to Hold Protest, Rally Against Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 9/15/17) — On Saturday, September 16, a coalition of Minnesota organizations, including Members of the Burmese Community and the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), will hold a march and rally against the Burmese government’s ongoing ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.

WHAT: Minnesotans United March and Rally Against Genocide in Burma

WHEN: Saturday, September 16th at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Meet at Dale and University in St Paul March to Capitol

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com

Over the past several weeks, Burmese soldiers have traveled from village to village in Rahkine State, committing mass murder, rape, and arson along the way. Survivors, bystanders, and even perpetrators have posted video footage online showing Rohingya men, women and children being beaten to death, dismembered, and burned alive, among other acts of brutality. 

“Minnesotans must not be silent while there is a genocide of the Rohingya people in Burma,” said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR Minnesota. ” We encourage peace-loving Minnesotan’s to come and support a peaceful protest this Saturday and learn ways we can help stop a campaign of ethnic cleansing.”

So far here is what we know:

â–ª 370,000 have been displaced and entered Bangladesh in under 3 weeks

â–ª 400,000 remain trapped inside Myanmar with no access to food or humanitarian assistance

â–ª 30,000 are still stranded in mountains or in ‘no-mans-land’ without food

â–ª 3,000+ already feared dead 

â–ª Bodies of Rohingya women and children fleeing Burma wash up in Bangladesh 

â–ª The UN has suspended food aid operations from fear, affecting 250,000 internally displaced (IDP) Rohingya and “other most vulnerable Rohingya populations” 

â–ª On the Bangladesh side, humanitarian partners are struggling to cope with the additional caseloads. Approx. 6 000 – 15 000 per day coming over 

â–ªHuman Rights Watch (HRW) through Satellite evidence is documenting Military village burning stretching over 100 km

â–ª Military is using helicopters, tanks, and the navy on civilians in this latest massacre, using bombs indiscriminately on civilian Rohingya population 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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