Activists supporting Myanmar's Rohingya ethniticy showed a poster criticizing Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a rally in front of Myanmar's embassy in Jakarta on Saturday (02/09). (Antara Photo/Puspa Perwitasari)

Molotov Cocktail Thrown Into Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta

BY :AGUSTINUS DA COSTA

SEPTEMBER 03, 2017

Jakarta. A molotov cocktail was thrown at Myanmar embassy in Jakarta in the early hours of Sunday (03/09), the Jakarta Police said.

This comes amid mounting anger in Indonesia over violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

A police officer patrolling a street behind the embassy spotted a fire on the second floor of the building at around 2.35 a.m. and alerted the police officers guarding the front gate of the embassy, according to a statement by the Jakarta Police.

After the fire was extinguished, police found a shattered beer bottle with a wick attached to it, the statement said, adding that the perpetrator is suspected to have driven away from the scene in an MPV car.

Police are currently investigating the incident, said spokesman Argo Yuwono.

A group of activists on Saturday held a protest at the embassy calling on the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to withdraw the prize from Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, state news agency Antara wrote.

Protests continued on Sunday in Jakarta's city center, with dozens calling on the Indonesian government to be actively involved to end human rights violations against the Rohingya community.

The treatment of the 1.1 million group is the biggest challenge facing Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, accused by critics of not speaking out for the minority that has long complained of persecution.

Aid agencies estimate about 73,000 Rohingya have fled into neighboring Bangladesh from Myanmar since violence erupted last week.

Additional reporting by Zahra Matarani

Reuters

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