World Bulletin / News Desk
The protest -- due to start after Friday prayers -- follows a demonstration in front of the presidential palace and embassy Thursday, where hundreds carried banners saying “Save the Rohingya Muslims”, “Myanmar, Stop Muslim Cleansing!” and “Stop Genocide against Rohingya.”
Similar events are also expected to take place outside Myanmar embassies in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
The rallies -- called for by several Islamic organizations -- also aim to show solidarity for Rohingya, who have been facing persistent oppression for years.
Over the past six weeks, rights groups have expressed concern over reports of killings, rapes, arbitrary arrests and other violations in villages predominantly occupied by Rohingya in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State amid military operations launched after fatal attacks on police stations Oct. 9.
They have called for independent investigations into the initial attacks, the ongoing operations and reported rights abuses in the area.
The area has been placed under military lockdown, leaving rights groups and international reporters unable to enter.
Some of the groups gathering Friday had initially planned to carry out a large-scale rally against the Jakarta governor, who has been accused of insulting the Quran, but instead chose to focus on Myanmar