Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya
September 25, 201726
Hundreds of protesters were involved in the attempt to stop Red Cross workers loading a boat with relief supplies.
Buddhist protesters in Myanmar threw petrol bombs to try to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakhine state, where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing, before police fired in the air to disperse them.
The aid shipment was bound for the north of the Rakhine State where insurgent attacks on August 25 sparked a military backlash.
The violence has sent more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh but many remain in Myanmar, hiding in fear and without food and other supplies, aid workers say.
Protesters, some carrying sticks and metal bars, threw petrol bombs and about 200 police were forced to disperse them by shooting into the air, a witness and the government information office said.
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