RELIGION

Thousands in Bangladesh protest deaths of Myanmar's Rohingya

  • Bangladeshi activists of several Islamist political parties attend a protest rally against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, after Friday prayers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 25, 2016. The Myanmar government does not recognize the Rohingya as citizens, though they have lived in the country for generations. Persecution of Rohinyga has escalated in the past several years and they face violence instigated by Buddhist hardliners and institutionalized discrimination. (AP Photo)

    Bangladeshi activists of several Islamist political parties attend a protest rally against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, after Friday prayers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 25, 2016. The Myanmar government does not recognize the Rohingya as citizens, though they have lived in the country for generations. Persecution of Rohinyga has escalated in the past several years and they face violence instigated by Buddhist hardliners and institutionalized discrimination. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bangladeshi activists of several Islamic groups burn an effigy of Myanmar's Foreign Minister and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest rally against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, after Friday prayers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 25, 2016. Chanting "Stop killing Rohingya Muslims," they marched in Dhaka amid tight security Friday as the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state escalated, forcing thousands to leave their homes. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

    Bangladeshi activists of several Islamic groups burn an effigy of Myanmar's Foreign Minister and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest rally against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, after Friday prayers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 25, 2016. Chanting "Stop killing Rohingya Muslims," they marched in Dhaka amid tight security Friday as the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state escalated, forcing thousands to leave their homes. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bangladeshi activists of several Islamic groups march in a protest rally against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, after Friday prayers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 25, 2016. Chanting "Stop killing Rohingya Muslims," they marched in Dhaka amid tight security Friday as the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state escalated, forcing thousands to leave their homes. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

    Bangladeshi activists of several Islamic groups march in a protest rally against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, after Friday prayers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 25, 2016. Chanting "Stop killing Rohingya Muslims," they marched in Dhaka amid tight security Friday as the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state escalated, forcing thousands to leave their homes. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of Bangladeshis have protested the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, taking to the streets of the capital in front of a national mosque.

Chanting "Stop killing Rohingya Muslims," they marched in Dhaka amid tight security Friday as the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state escalated, forcing thousands to leave their homes.

The protesters from several Islamic groups burned an effigy of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and a flag of Myanmar.

Also, rights group Amnesty International asked Bangladesh not to forcibly send fleeing Rohingya back to Myanmar, which considers them non-citizens.

Up to 500,000 undocumented Rohingya live in Bangladesh after arriving from Myanmar in waves since the 1970s. Some 33,000 registered Rohingya refugees are living in two camps in southern Cox's Bazar district.