Amid Rohingya crisis, Myanmar army supporters, Buddhist nationalists march in Yangon in show of support
More than 2,000 army supporters, including Buddhist nationalists and monks, took part in the march in Myanmar.
Yangon (Myanmar): People marched in Myanmar's largest city on Sunday to support the military, which has come under heavy criticism over violence that has driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.
More than 2,000 army supporters, including Buddhist nationalists and monks, took part in the march.
"I want to urge you to support the military. Only if the military is strengthened will our sovereignty will be secured," a senior Buddhist nationalist monk, Zagara, told the crowd.
More than 600,000 Rohingya from northern Rakhine state have fled to Bangladesh since 25 August, when Myanmar security forces began a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages. Myanmar's government has said it was responding to attacks on police outposts by insurgents, but the United Nations and others have said the response was disproportionate.
The exodus of the Rohingya has become a major humanitarian crisis and sparked international condemnation of Myanmar.
Nyunt Yi, a 70-year-old retired military soldier who served in the army for more than 40 years, said Sunday that "only the army can protect the national security and stop the illegal intruders," referring to the Rohingya.
Myanmar's Buddhist majority denies that Rohingya are a separate ethnic group and regards them as having migrated illegally from Bangladesh, although they have lived in Myanmar for generations.
The 27-year-old Motie made his Test debut earlier this month against Bangladesh in Antigua. He went wicketless and was dropped for the second match in St Lucia as the West Indies swept the series.
Alzarri Joseph and Jayden Seales led the West Indies bowling effort with three wickets each while debutant Anderson Phillip and Kyle Mayers claimed two apiece.
Roach's 5/53 from 24.5 overs in the Bangladesh second innings total of 245 looked, briefly, as if it would be overshadowed though by a stunning West Indies collapse in pursuit of a modest target of 84 as the hosts slipped to nine for three late on the third day.