Anti-UN rally in Rangoon over Rohingya aid
A group of about 50 demonstrators from western Myanmar gathered in Rangoon on Sunday to demonstrate against UN assistance for stateless Rohingya Muslims. The ethnic Rakhine convened near the regional parliament building in Rangoon holding banners reading "Stop Creating Conflicts" and "Don't Bring Terrorists To Our Land".
Zaw Aye Maung, a politician representing the mostly Buddhist ethnic group, said, "We're calling for an end to discrimination by the UN against the Rakhine people." He said the rally had official approval.
Fighting between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state has left about 80 people dead on both sides since June, according to an official estimate, although rights groups fear the real figures are much higher.
Speaking a language similar to one in neighboring Bangladesh, the Rohingya are seen by many Burmese and their government as illegal immigrants. Bangladesh has turned away Rohingya who attempted to flee the violence.
Twenty four political parties in Myanmar have urged the UN to replace its human rights envoy to the country saying he is biased in favor of the Rohingya.
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