Police detain participants of rally action in support of Myanmar Muslims in Saint Petersburg. Screenshot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6VXFk5ywXk&t=64s

11 September 2017, 21:56

Kadyrov's statements on Myanmar result in Muslims’ detentions in Russia

139 participants of an unsanctioned action in support of Myanmar Muslims were detained in Saint Petersburg on Sunday, September 10.

Protocols on administrative offences were drawn up against 32 people; they were accused of petty hooliganism and violation of residence rules for foreign citizens and stateless persons, the Petersburg edition “Fontanka.ru” reports.

According to the edition, an application for holding a rally was submitted to the city Mayoralty; however, its officials refused to sanction the applied Muslims’ rally.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on September 4, Grozny hosted a rally in support of Muslims of Myanmar, where clashes of Buddhists and Muslims - Rohingya nationals – occurred in late August. According to the Chechen Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) the rally in Grozny was 1.1 million strong. Meanwhile, according to the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta", no more than 100,000 people came to the action.

Actions in many Russian cities were provoked by Ramzan Kadyrov's appeal to support Rohingya Muslims living in Myanmar, the TASS reported on September 10.

However, on September 10, Ramzan Kadyrov himself stated that "there is no need for rallies at present." "I appeal to my Muslim brothers and sisters in the entire Russia to follow someone's agitation and not to succumb to someone's interests. I declare responsibly that I will be the first to call to go out to rallies, if necessary. Now, it's not necessary!" Kadyrov wrote on his page in the Instagram.

He added in his message that "now, Rohingya Muslims need humanitarian help, not solidarity actions."

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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