Maungdaw, Arakan State: Maungdaw high level officers held a meeting inviting villagers on October 19, according to a village businessman on condition of anonymity.
“Rohingya villagers of Alethankyaw village tract of Maungdaw south were summoned to attend a meeting yesterday. But, some villagers participated in the meeting as they did not interest the meeting. So, the concerned authority sent security forces to the village and herded all Rohingya villagers they found on the road and in the village to the meeting room.”
The high level officers of Maungdaw are;- Col. Maung Maung Oo, the Nasaka Director; U Aung Myint Soe, the District Administration officer; U Kaun Hla San, the District police officer; U Kyi San, the Township Administration officer and Township police officer.
“No one can bring or use any stick, sword, chopper, dagger, catapult and spear while going on the street or inside the houses,” said the District Police officer told the villager in the meeting.
“We will take action according to the law and punish.”
You have to live together with Rakhine people and must send your children to school. You must follow the law and order which was issued by authority, according to U Aung Myint Soe at the meeting.
The Nasaka Director said in the meeting, “You have lived in Burma for generations, but under the 1982 Citizenship Law, you have to apply according to gain the citizenship.”
A Rohingya raised up the question why authorities are arresting the innocent Rohingyas who are not committed any crimes, in the meeting, the officer answered that it was because Rakhines gave complaints about those people and there are more villagers in the list to be arrested, said another villager.
Rohingya Muslims always intend to peacefully coexist with Rakhines as they have lived for many years but not in the condition the authorities described. Rohingya Muslims need equal citizenship as Rakhines. We, Rohingyas are not aliens but citizens of the country. We, Rohingyas are the natives of Arakan, said a Rohingya leader from the locality.
A trader from Maungdaw Town said,” It is a new threat to the Rohingya community to demoralize the Rohingyas.”