UN chief says violence against Myanmar’s Rohingyas must end

Young Rohingya Muslim refugees look on through a temporary bamboo barricade at the Thankhali refugee camp in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on November 10, 2017. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August carrying accounts of murder, rape and arson at the hands of Myanmar's powerful army during a military crackdown dubbed as "ethnic cleansing" by the UN. (AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar)
Updated 10 November 2017
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UN chief says violence against Myanmar’s Rohingyas must end

UNITED NATIONS: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says it is “an absolutely essential priority” to stop all violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, allow them to return to their homes, and determine their legal status.
The UN chief told reporters Friday that the UN is also insisting on “unhindered humanitarian access” to all areas of northern Rakhine State, where more than 600,000 Rohingyas lived before fleeing to Bangladesh.
The latest violence began with a series of attacks Aug. 25 by Rohingya insurgents. Myanmar security forces responded with a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages that the UN and human rights groups have called disproportionate and a campaign of ethnic cleansing.
Guterres called the situation “an immense tragedy,” saying that the “levels of violence and the atrocities committed are something that we cannot be silent about.”


Strong police presence in Paris before planned protests

Updated 15 December 2018
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Strong police presence in Paris before planned protests

  • There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags for helmets and other potential signs of trouble
  • Security forces in riot gear were positioned Saturday morning around central train stations and along the famed Champs-Elysees boulevard

PARIS: A strong police presence has deployed in Paris before planned demonstrations by the "yellow vest" protesters, with authorities repeating calls for calm after previous violent protests and rioting.
Security forces in riot gear were positioned Saturday morning around central train stations and along the famed Champs-Elysees boulevard, where shops were closed and boarded up in anticipation of the protests. Last weekend, groups of demonstrators smashed and looted stores and set up burning barricades in the streets.
There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags for helmets and other potential signs of trouble. More than 20 police vans and a water cannon truck idled nearby.
President Emanuel Macron on Friday called for calm during the demonstrations.