Myanmar: Security Forces Attack Rohingya Civilians, Again!

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The Myanmar security forces have been accused of killing and oppressing thousands of Rohingya people in Myanmar.

The de-facto leader of Myanmar Aung Sung Suu Kyi has condemned the ‘terrorist attack’ and applauded the security forces for ‘acting with great courage.’

“I would like to commend the members of the police and security forces who have acted with great courage in the face of many challenges,” Suu Kyi said.

Suu Kyi’s office said, “extremist Bengali insurgents attacked a police station in Maungdaw region in northern Rakhine state with a handmade bomb explosive and held coordinated attacks on several police posts”.

The latest wave of violence in Myanmar has left 77 Rohingya people killed along with 12 Myanmar security forces.

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, has been accused of not defending the persecuted Rohingyas when her army and security forces butchered so many Rohingya men and women.

Suu Kyi has been defiant under the fierce criticism of international community by remaining a loyal supporter of the activities of the Myanmar army against the Rohingya people.

“Burmese military together with the Rakhine extremists armed with knives, swords, machetes, and guns are attacking the Rohingya innocent civilians who are not armed at all.”

In the wake of a new surge of violence, thousands of people have been trying to flee the country to get into neighboring Bangladesh where already tens of thousands Rohingya refugees took shelter.

Bangladeshi officials were cautious in their official tone but they said they would allow the persecuted Rohingyas to get into the country.

Since 2016, over hundred thousand Rohingya refugees have entered the Bangladesh. According to Aljazeera “Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees are already in Bangladesh and 87,000 have arrived since October 2016, after an attack by rebels killed nine security forces and resulted in a major crackdown in the Rakhine state.”

The Myanmar security forces have been targeting the civilians who are trying to escape the hostility and take refuge in Bangladesh.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Anita Schug of the European Rohingya Council said, “We have videos from the ground and we can share them if requested confirming that this news is true,” she said.

“Burmese military together with the Rakhine extremists armed with knives, swords, machetes, and guns are attacking the Rohingya innocent civilians who are not armed at all.”

 


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