Updated: Tuesday, 17th September 2019 @ 4:52pm

'Invisible holocaust': George Galloway joins hundreds in Manchester to raise awareness of 'crisis' in Burma

'Invisible holocaust': George Galloway joins hundreds in Manchester to raise awareness of 'crisis' in Burma

By Mancunian Matters staff

George Galloway joined crowds of over 200 in Manchester last night to raise awareness of what they call the ‘slaughter’ of innocent people in Burma.

The group, known as ‘Team Burma’, were brought together by Aneesa Hussain on Manchester’s Oxford Road at rush hour to publicise the ‘Burma crisis’.

George Galloway delivered a 20 minute speech to the crowd, highlighting the killing of innocent Burmese muslims and calling for an end to the crisis.

Fellow organiser and photographer Sayful Alam said that despite the heavy rain, hundreds gathered with signs and placards.

“The rain didn’t stop the people coming out to protest peacefully,” he said.

“Plenty of traffic paused and took note of the protest. Quite a number of vehicles horned and beeped their support of the protest.

“The message is getting across and more people are becoming aware of the crisis and the suffering the muslims are going through in Burma!”

The demonstration, outside All Saints Park, included banners which declared ‘We want justice for the people in Burma’ and ‘Where was the media’.

Sabika Hassan, who attended the protest, said: “If we could all band together, we truly can make the voices of the unheard, the innocent victims in Burma, be heard. [It] just goes to show how far a little organisation and hard work can go.”

Part of their campaign describes the situation in Burma as ‘The invisible holocaust of 2012’ and cites a tension between Buddhist Burmese citizens and muslins.

Their campaign claims the Burmese government refuses to acknowledge Muslims as Burmese citizens and fails to give them basic human rights.

There are unconfirmed reports of various atrocities in Burma, including murder, families being burned alive, and mosques being forced to close – however due to severe media restrictions it is unknown how accurate these reports are.

An online petition has been set up to raise awareness of the situation and has already reached over 56,000 signatures.

It calls for an end to the ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the minority Rohingyas population in Burma, who are Muslim.

Already around 300,000  Rohingyas have fled Burma and are living in refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh.

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