YANGON, Myanmar – Hundreds of Buddhists are marching through the streets of Myanmar’s biggest city to protest an upcoming visit by a high-level delegation from the world’s biggest Islamic political bloc.
Some of those marching Tuesday in Yangon carried banners saying “Get out!” and “Stop interfering in our internal affairs!”
Representatives of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a grouping of 57 Islamic countries, arrive Wednesday to speak to government leaders about sectarian violence that has gripped the predominantly Buddhist nation for more than a year.
More than 240 people have been killed and 240,000 others forced to flee their homes, many of them members of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslim community.
The OIC’s secretary general and seven foreign ministers will travel Thursday to Myanmar’s western Rakhine state to visit camps for displaced Rohingya.