Growing pressure for Suu Kyi as Myanmar violence swells

Nearly 90,000 of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya have fled the country’s violence since August, as international criticism mounts on its Nobel Peace Prize laureate leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to do more to protect the minority. Matthew Larotonda reports.

JAKARTA, INDONESIA / VARIOUS, BANGLADESH / VARIOUS, MYANMAR (REUTERS / DVB) – Myanmar’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, facing mounting calls to protect her country’s Muslim Rohingya population; fleeing violence in the tens of thousands.

Protests in Indonesia’s capital culminating in a Molotov cocktail thrown at Myanmar’s embassy there.

Indonesia is one of several predominantly Muslim countries that have joined Western pressure on Suu Kyi.

They say she’s failed to provide a voice for the Rohingya — who for years have said they’re persecuted by the Buddhist majority — most recently in a military crackdown that began in August.

The resulting clashes have killed at least 400 people.

Almost 90,000 have fled to Bangladesh alone.

These bodies didn’t make it. It’s believed they drowned when their boat capsized.

Myanmar’s government says it’s fighting a legitimate campaign against Rohingya insurgents, who last month launched simultaneous attacks on dozens of police stations and a military base.

This charred village was shown to Reuters by the military, who say it was the result of one militant assault although the claim couldn’t be verified.

Rohingya are not recognized as citizens in Myanmar and the country’s military has been long accused of human rights abuses in its dealings with the minority.