Russian authorities on Sunday arrested more than 100 demonstrators gathered in St. Petersburg to protest against violence in the Burhanga in Burma, an AFP correspondent reported.
Police cordoned off the square in the center of the city, where about 200 demonstrators gathered, although the authorities did not grant permission to the rally.
“Why are they stopping us? Why is the blame always directed at the Muslims?” One of the demonstrators shouted.
“Why are not we allowed to express? We are concerned about what is happening to our brothers in Burma,” another demonstrator said.
A week ago, about 1,000 Muslims gathered outside the Embassy of Burma in Moscow for a demonstration that was not granted by the authorities.
On the same day, thousands demonstrated in the Chechen capital of Grozny in protest against what is happening in Burma, at the invitation of President Ramzan Kadyrov, in a differentiated position from Moscow, which is rarely taken normally.
President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that he rejected “all forms of violence.”
According to recent figures from the United Nations, 300,000 people, mostly Muslim Rohingyas, have sought refuge in neighboring Bangladesh to escape the violence in Rakhine state.
Sunday, the Rohingya rebels declared a unilateral ceasefire to observe the harsh humanitarian conditions experienced by the population and to facilitate the arrival of aid.