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Myanmar's Rohingya crisis stirs regional protests

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is coming under heavy international criticism for her reluctance to address alleged human rights abuses in Myanmar's Rakhine State. (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

JAKARTA -- The spiraling humanitarian crisis in Myanmar's western Rakhine State is prompting anger among Muslims across Asia.  Last week, thousands of protestors in several regional capitals slammed Myanmar's treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority -- even going as far as labelling the country's de facto leader, a former political prisoner and now State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, as a "butcher" over the military's brutal crackdown in Muslim-dominated borderlands close to Bangladesh.

In Indonesia, home to more Muslims than any other country, around 400 demonstrators, including members of some Islamic political parties, gathered in front of the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta on Nov. 25, shouting demands that Aung San Suu Kyi hand back the Nobel peace prize she was awarded while under house arrest by the Myanmar military in 1991.

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