Military Arrest Rohingyas and Ban their Access to Livelihood
By Rohingya Mirror
Rathedaung, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) – The Burmese (Myanmar) Military have recently arrested a number of Rohingya farmers and banned their access to farming/harvesting in Rathedaung Township, the local sources report.
It has been learnt that the military at ‘551 Battalion’ in ‘Ku Taung’ village arrested 10 poor and young Rohingya villagers hail from ‘Anauk Pyin’ accusing them of stealing paddy/rice from a farm belong to a Rakhine on December 15. They were tortured for the whole night.
The next day, Captain Saing Aung Kyaw, the commander of the battalion, released them after extorting Kyat 30,000 from each of them.
On the same day (i.e. December 16), the Military Captain issued an order banning all the Rohingyas in ‘Anauk Pyin’ village from their access to farming/harvesting/livelihoods.
“On 17th December, the commander through the village administrator of ‘Anauk Pyin — U Maung Maung (a Rakhine) — informed that every (Rohingya) farmer had/has to pay Kyat 3,000 (forced tax) to him (the commander) in order to resume their farm works.
So, the commander extorted Kyat 3,000 from 60 farmers who desperately need to work to feed their family members. The other farmers who could not manage to pay are rendered jobless.
They can’t do anything. They are struggling to find their daily meals,” said a Rohingya villager in ‘Anauk Pyin.’
‘Anauk Pyin’ is one of the few remaining Rohingya villages in Rathedaung Township after the Rakhine extremists sponsored by the Myanmar government burnt down and uprooted many Rohingya villages. It is surrounded by the hostile Rakhine villages.
Since 2012, they have been rendered without any access to their main sources of survival such as going to the forest for logging, fishing in the river and cultivating their farmlands. Their farmlands have been illegally occupied by the Rakhine extremists.
“Based on mutual needs, some nearby Rakhines like to hire our people as labours to harvest their paddy fields in the winter. So, some of our people have been going to harvest Rakhines’ farmlands based on their demands since the winter began.
However, the restriction on our labours from doing harvesting by the military has been the latest hit on our livelihoods,” added the above-mentioned local in Rathedaung.
Morever, the village administrator, U Maung Maung, has also been notorious for collaborating with the Military to charge and arrest the local Rohingya with lame allegations for ransom money.
[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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