Police Attempt to Arrest Rohingyas for being Steadfast for Rights
By Aung Aung
Pauktaw, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) – The Myanmar Police besieged the Rohingya IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps in Pauktaw Township on Saturday morning to arrest their leaders that demanded to be settled back to their original places, according to the sources in IDP camps.
The Myanmar authorities force them to accept the government resettlement plan and have their homes (with link-houses or small houses) in the muddy and squalid camp areas where they are temporarily living. However, the displaced Rohingya people demand the authorities to restore them with their rights by allowing them to have homes built on their original lands.
As it continues, last Friday, the administrator of Pauktaw Township tightly guarded by the Security Police Personnel arrived at Nget Chaung IDP Camps. He urged the Rohingya IDP in the Camps to accept the government’s resettlement plan and agree to have homes to be built by the government in their IDP camp areas.
Three Rohingya people stood up on behalf of the Rohingyas in IDP camps and demanded the administrator to provide them homes in their original lands.
U Kyaw Hla, one of the three people, asked (the administrator) “if it (the violence) was communal as you said, why don’t/can’t you restore us with our lands and settle us back there? Why do you prefer (racial) segregation over (racial) reconciliation (with Rakhines)?
Where has gone your Rule of Law?”
After that, another leader in the camp, U Maung Ni said “we demand you to give us our lands back at any cost. You can kill us but we will never agree to any of your proposals: building houses for us in these camps’ areas and ‘Bengal’ as the label for our ethnic identity.”
To which the Administrator angrily responded “you must obey the order of President Thein Sein at any cost.”
On Saturday morning, many police personnel raided the camps in ‘Nget Chaung’ to arrest the three people that, on behalf of all Rohingya IDP, refused to accept the government resettlement plan a day earlier.
The police threatened (them) “you must accept the government’s housing program and also accept ‘Bengali’ as your ethnic identity.
And hand those three people – Abdul Ghani @Kyaw Hla, 28; Abdu Jalil @Maung Ni, 53; and Sadar Kya, 60 — over to our hands. We want them to through police investigations and trials.
If you don’t follow our orders, we will punish you all.”
However, many displaced people came out of their camps and shielded the three people – that stood up for their rights – from reaching the police’s hands and protected from getting arbitrarily arrested by them (the police).
“They were steadfast to the three people and helped them to escape the police’s arrest. Ultimately, the police left,” said a local Rohingya in Pauktaw.
Soon after the landmark election in Myanmar history, the Thein Sein government still in power has resumed its Genocidal Plan against the Rohingyas again. The Rohingya in Arakan have been being kept under Genocidal blockage since 2012.
Since then, they demand the government to have their homes back on the original lands where their homes burnt down by the state-sponsored Rakhine terrorists in 2012 and their lands were subsequently confiscated. Myanmar can never be considered to be a democratic country unless it ends Rohingya Genocide and restore them with their basic human rights, ethnic and citizenship rights.
[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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