New report debunks “terrorist attack” pretext for BurmaArmy operations against Rohingya
A new report by Kaladan Press gives a detailed account of theBurma Army’s August 2017 “clearance operations” in the large fishing village ofAlethankyaw in southern Maungdaw, uncovering new evidence that the operationsagainst the Rohingya were carefully pre-planned, and not a response to“terrorist attacks” on August 25, as claimed by the Burmese government.
The centuries-old fishing community of Alethankyaw in southern Maungdaw is one of hundreds of Rohingya villages attacked and razed by Burmese government security forces during their brutal “clearance operations” that began in August 2017 and which drove over 720,000 refugees into Bangladesh.
The government maintains that the operations were in response to coordinated “terrorist” attacks on August 25
on thirty police posts, including in Alethankyaw, and that villagers burned their own houses and fled. But this report, based on in-depth interviews with thirty refugees from Alethankyaw, including fishermen, farmers, shopkeepers, housewives and teachers, tells a very different story: the nine-day assault by the Burma Army on their village was carefully pre-planned and implemented, and the 1,000-strong “terrorist” attack on Alethankyaw as described by the government did not and could not have happened.
The report “The Killing Fields of Alethankyaw,” based on eyewitness testimony, exposes systematic preparation and execution of the operations by government forces, using military infrastructure built up along the western edge of the Mayu mountain range since 2012 and Kaladan Press gives a detailed account of the Burma Army’s August 2017 “clearance operations” in the large fishing village of Alethankyaw in southern Maungdaw, uncovering new evidence that the operations against the Rohingya were carefully pre-planned, and not a response to “terrorist attacks” on August 25, as claimed by the Burmese government.
Maungdaw, Arakan State: Villagers from Block number 4, Gaw Dhu Thar Ya and Bassara (Tha Win Chaung) including village administration officers and religious leaders were summoned by the concerned authority of Maungdaw and held meetings regarding the census of Rohingya, said one of the local village Administration officer from Aley Than Kyaw who denied to be named.
Chittagong, Bangladesh: The event- London conference on decades of persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya – held at The Shaw library (Founders Room), 6th floor, Old Building, London School of Economics (LSE) on April 28, at 9:00 am, started with a prayer and a minutes silence for genocide victims; from Armenians, Bosnians to Palestinians…and the Rohingyas, said Ahamed Jarmal, General Secretary, Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK).