JAKARTA — A molotov cocktail was thrown at the Myanmar embassy in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta in the early hours on Sunday, Jakarta police said, causing a small fire. This comes amid mounting anger in the Southeast Asian nation, home to the world’s biggest Muslim population, over violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. A police officer patrolling a street behind the embassy spotted a fire on the second floor of the building at around 2.35am Jakarta time (GMT+7) and alerted the police officers guarding the front gate of the embassy, according to a statement by Jakarta police on Sunday.
After the fire was extinguished, police found a shattered beer bottle with a wick attached to it, the statement said, adding that the unknown perpetrator is suspected to have driven away from the scene in an MPV car. Jakarta police are currently investigating the incident, said spokesman Argo Yuwono. The police are yet to find out the motive behind the attack. A group of activists on Saturday held a protest at the embassy calling on the Nobel Prize Committee to withdraw the Nobel Prize awarded to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, state news agency Antara wrote.
Protests continued on Sunday in Jakarta’s city centre, with dozens of people from various Islamic and activist groups calling for Indonesia’s government to actively confront human rights violations against the Rohingya community. The treatment of Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s roughly 1.1 million Muslim Rohingya is the biggest challenge facing leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is accused by Western critics of not speaking out for the minority that has long complained of persecution. Aid agencies estimate about 73,000 Rohingya have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh from Myanmar since violence erupted last week.