Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya

  • 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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