Pro-Rohingya protestors wave Daesh flags in Takhar
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Religious scholars on Friday rallied in northern Takhar province to express their solidarity with the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, but some of them clashed over waving Islamic State or Daesh flags during the demonstration.
The rally participants in Taloqan, the provincial capital, said they wanted to sympathise with the Rohingya and demanded an end to their plight in Burma.
Buddhist extremists have killed hundreds of Muslims even as many Muslims are struggling to flee the country, setting off a regional crisis when boatloads of migrants were abandoned at sea or abused and held for ransom by traffickers.
But the government of Myanmar insists that most of the migrants do not belong in Myanmar, referring to them as Bengalis, and says it has no plans to alter policies that strip them of basic rights and confine more than 140,000 to a crowded, squalid government camp.
In Takhar, some of the protesters carried Daesh flags during the demonstration to condemn the persecution of the Rohingya and shouted "We need Caliphate".
But others among them condemned this behavior and entered a physical clash with them. Those holding Daesh flags called democracy as “un-Islamic” and civil society organizations as puppets in westerners’ hands.
They went on to say: "We don't want democracy in Afghanistan but an Islamic Caliphate." Hikmatullah, one of the protesters, said "all issues in the region can be solved with an Islamic Caliphate system of government." He also asked Muslims to extend support to such a caliphate.
Assadullah, a local resident, said holding Daesh banners gave the impression that Daesh had support in the province even though support for Daesh had not been confirmed.
Assadullah demanded the Afghan government avoid any reaction that could disturb security and motivate Daesh.
The governor’s spokesman, Sunattullah Taimur, told Pajhwok Afghan News carrying out protest demonstration was a democratic right of the people. However, he said the government would take serious notice of carrying Daesh flag during the demonstration.
Although people in many provinces have staged protests to condemn the situation of Rohingya people in Myanmar, but it was for the first time that Daesh flags were waved.
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