Rangoon, Burma: The Burmese Muslims Association (BMA) in Rangoon announced Mulims of Burma will not celebrate the Eid-ul- Azha this year on October 23, which to be held on next Saturday (October 27) in the protest of killing of Rohingya people and torching the houses of Rohingya Muslims in Arakan State, according to Burmese Muslim Association.
“We don’t want to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, while our brothers and sisters are facing horrible situation – being murdered and their villages are being burned down in Arakan State- and the government could not guarantee security for the Eid festival. It is main reason why celebrations would not be held.”
Muslims in areas as remote as Mandalay and Karen and Mon states have expressed fears over holding celebrations in their local communities this year.
“Five Muslim organizations [in Burma] had jointly sent an open letter to the president, requesting full protection for our brothers and sisters in Arakan State,” according to Muslim leader from Rangoon.
“But we have not as yet received a reply.”
The Rohingyas from Maungdaw, also declared that no Eid-ul-Azha will celebrate, according to an elder from maungdaw. “It is first time, the Eid-ul-Azha will not celebrate in Maungdaw.”
On October 23, about 5,000 Burmese Muslims tried to hold a demonstration in Rangoon against the Rahines’ attacks on Rohingya people in Arakan State, but the government did not give them permission. They will try to get permission to show the solidarity with Rohingyas.