M.S. Anwar | Analysis and Opinion
November 13, 2013
OIC (Organization of Islamic Conference) delegation led by OIC Secratary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu arrived in Myanmar on 13th November 2013. The team comprises several mininsters of OIC body especially representing Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bangladesh and Djibouti. They will visit Naypyitaw, the capital city of Myanmar, to meet Top Government Officials and hold meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi (a pseudo icon of Democracy) to possibly find durable solutions to the (manufactured) crises that Muslims in Myanmar are facing. Besides, they will visit Arakan state where a full-fledge Genocide against Muslim Rohingyas and Kamans is being carried out and also possibly visit Meikhtila where mass violence against Muslims took place last March 2013.
However, there are some serious questions that beg answers. What is in stall for OIC Delegation to Myanmar? How will they be received? Will they really be able to their purpose? What is likely to happen in Myanmar once their visit is over?
Of course, this time too, the delegation was received with mass-protests by extremist Monks (who have no role to play in politics or society according their own religion), neo-fascist Buddhist crowds (though the terms “Neo-Facist” and “Buddist” are contradictoryl!!). They will do their utmost to hinder the OIC delegation from visiting silent killing fields of Muslims, location where lie mass-graves of Rohingyas, where there are still violence going against Muslims and also concentration camps in the townships such as Sittwe, Pauktaw (Akyab), Min-Byaa etc.
On top of the protests congruent to Neo-Nazi rallies, it has been some Rakhine terrorists are even plotting to blast bombs in Arakan to frighten the delegates and be able to give excuse that visiting Arakan state is not safe for them (the delegation team). These all desparate attempts are to conceal the crimes against humanity they have committed, are committing and will be committing!
Of course, many of the protesters will be government stooges in saffron robes (in another word, fake monks), police or military in civil dresses etc. Nevertheless, is it something new in Myanmar? Isn’t it something worth wondering that people can protest against such a high-level delegtion in a country where hardly can anyone demonstrate? Have you forgotten how the monks were brutally crashed down by the former junta in 2007? Are not the same people of the former junta still in the current pseudo-civilian government? And how can one forget what happened to the monks and the farmers that protested against a Chinese-led Copper Mine project in Lappet-Daung in Saggaing Division most recently? Isn’t it apparent that if people protest against the interest of Myanmar regime, they are brutally suppressed. When the facists demonstrate in line with the policy and in favor of the interest of the regime, they are allowed to do so and rather financially backed by the regime.
However, this time, with no doubt, it is the Myanmar regime that has been organizing, financing and backing up the protesters against the visit of OIC Delegation. If the regime has to do so, why does it accept the Delegation at all?
Myanmar regime has to receive the delegation coming under the pressure of United Nations that, in turn, need to please Muslims and Muslim nations and simulataniously not harming any Super Power’s interests in Myanmar. Therefore, if, on one hand, Myanmar regime is forced to accept the delegation, on the other hand, Myanmar regime is inciting its people with ultra-racism. Subsequently, the regime and other parties with vested interest are making people protest in the name of freedom expression or democracy. It is an open-secret, isn’t it?
Amidst all these socio-political chaos and Neo-Nazi rallies, if the delegation can achieve its purpose even to a minimum extent, their visit might be considered a successful one.
Nonetheless, it is not to forget that there may be a repercussion against Muslims in Myanmar as soon as the visit of the OIC Delegation is over. Myanmar Regime’s brutal tactic of countering a ‘Diplomatic Approach’ with ‘a Round of Violence against Muslims’ is widely known. After every diplomatic approach with Myanmar Regime, we have witnessed a round of violence against Muslims. This time, though I don’t really wish it to take place, I expect there may be one more round of violence as the OIC Team departs from Myanmar. What remains to be seen is where (i.e. in which part of Myanmar) Myanmar regime will target Muslims this time.
No diplomatic or political aprroach with Myanmar Regime excite me any longer. Only full-fledged military intervention in Myanmar can end any sort of violence against any community in Myanmar..
M.S. Anwar is a student, activist and grassroots reporter on Arakan. The views expressed here are of his own and doesn’t necessarily reflect the editorial policy of rvisiontv.com. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org