I recently read about yet another vicious attack on Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority. This time, the venue was Du Chee Ya Tan village in the Rakhine state, close to Bangladesh.
If you think that the rioters shamelessly justified their actions by claiming that the victims were illegal Bengalis trying to sneak into Myanmar, you are correct. For the past many years in Myanmar angry Buddhist mobs have attacked groups of Rohingya Muslims. The carnage follows: killing, raping and looting. This time, news sources claim that members of the Rohingya community had dared to protest against atrocities committed by local Rakhine officials. The protesters were rewarded with brutal acts of violence.
To make matters worse, each time there is an attack on the Rohingya community, the Burmese riot police and army are present in the vicinity, but they choose to be spectators. Of course, the state media claims that nothing happened, and that there were hardly any noticeable instances of violence. The United Nations has described the Rohingya as friendless. In 2012, sectarian violence killed hundreds of Rohingya men and women and has left over 140,000 homeless as entire neighborhoods were razed. According to Human Rights Watch, planned campaigns of ethnic cleansing were conducted. Because the aggressors were local political and religious warlords, the government has chosen to ignore these crimes.