What do the non-Muslims in Mumbai have to do with the treatment of Muslims in Myanmar? Why, nothing. Nothing at all. "Protest against Assam riots in Mumbai turns violent," from First Post, August 11 (thanks to J.K.):
Mumbai: Several shops, vehicles and two vans belonging to television channels and some to the police were burnt during a rally at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan to condemn the the Assam riots and attacks on Muslims in Myanmar, TV channels reported on Saturday.
The otherwise peaceful rally turned violent in the afternoon and police had to resort to lathicharge to disperse the unruly crowd that began wreaking havoc in the South Mumbai locality, well known for having hosted other popular rallies and protests in the past.
More than 1,000 people participated in the rally, TV channels reported. It is not known yet whether the mob that started the violence was part of the peaceful rally. The mob is also said to have attacked ten BEST buses with stones at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
Police immediately cordoned off the area and the connecting streets and fired in air to disperse the crowd.
RAF personnel had been deployed at the site. Mumbai’s Police Commissioner and other senior officers were also at the site, CNN IBN reported....
Led by Raza Academy, an organisation working to promote Islamic culture, the protest was supported by other organisations like Sunni Jamaitul Ulma and Jamate Raza-e-Mustafa. They also condemned the riots and violence in Assam.
Sporting black badges, hundreds of members and activists of these organisations, converged at the Azad Maidan and expressed concern over the massacre of the Muslim community.
Maulana Syed Moinuddin Ashraf, president of Jamia Qadriya Ashrafiya, has urged the the central and state governments to intervene.
“It is the responsibility of the Congress government to protect the Muslims, and for that matter each and every citizen,” said the Maulana, who is also known as Moin Miyan....
Did you hear that? It is the responsibility of each and every citizen to protect the Muslims. Each and every citizen. That is on the level of the president of the United States saying that it is one of his foremost responsibilities to work against stereotypes of Islam.