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The Myanmar government has declared that they have started the democratization of Myanmar. But the widespread discrimination of Myanmar citizens based on race and religion continues to be ignored or even actively encouraged by government authorities. The military government has a long history of inflaming tensions between Buddhists and Muslims to distract from domestic crises.
Many Muslims have been killed and many mosques have been destroyed in past ethnic riots in cities such as Taung Gyi, Pyay, Taung Goo, Kyauk Se and so on. Moreover, they have published books which provide false representations of Islam and used hateful language towards Islam and Muslims in state media outlets. As a result, many Buddhists today misunderstand Islam and Muslim Myanmars. A very recent happening has proved this. Our government has done it again. They might have masterminded brutal murders using their puppet extremists in RaKhine in an attempt to divert people’s attentions from critical problems such as the electricity crisis, the water crisis, the Myitsone dam crisis, extreme poverty and health problems in the country. Whoever is behind this crime must be brought before justice. Our country will never be a prosperous and developed nation with this sick mentality in it’s people. Many organisations and media have strongly condemned the massacre of 10 Muslims, including 8 pilgrims, at 3 p.m. on 3 June 2012, by an organized terrorist gang of Rakhines at Taunggote, in southern Arakan State. Taunggote is one of four townships that were defined as Muslim-Free Zones by government decree in 1983. Since then several hundreds of Arakanese Rohingyans (Rakhine Muslims), captured in these regions have been killed by Rakhines, with the involvement of government authorities. In this case, the victims were on their way from Tachan Pai Mosque to Than Dwe for Chila(Jama’at). Rakhine terrorists set upon them at a roadblock and massacred 8 Muslim pilgrims along with the driver and a caretaker. 5 Muslims managed to escape the carnage. The culprits were celebrated by spitting and tossing the wine and alcohol on the dead bodies lying on the road. The names of the 8 murdered pilgrims were: (1) Muhammed Sharief (a) U Ne Pwe (58) NRC No.8/Ta Ka Ta (N) 095548, (2)Muhammed Hanif (a) U Maung Ni (65) NRC No.8/Ta Ka Ta (N) 095530, (3) Shafield Bai (a) U Aye Lwin (52) NRC No.8/Ta Ka Ta (N) 094557, (4) Aslam Bai (a) U Aung Myint (50) NRC No.8/Ta Ka Ta (N) 094557, (5) Balai Bai (a) Tayzar Myint (28) NRC No.8/Ta Ka Ta (N) 189815, (6) Shuaib (a) Tin Maung Htwe (21) NRC No.8/Ta Ka Ta (N) 231084, (7) Salim Bai (a) Aung Bo Bo Kyaw (26) NRC No.14/Ma La Na (N) 231084, (8) Lukman Bai (a) Za Nyi Nyi Htut (33) NRC No.14/Ma La Na (N) 148133. The attack was sparked by an incident in May when three men, two of whom were allegedly Muslim, raped and murdered an Arakanese woman. But last year, one Myanmar Buddhist raped and murdered one Japanese lady on her visit to Myanmar and at that time all were silent. When The Voice journal posted pictures of the rally on Tuesday in Rangoon, online comments took a virulent Islamophobic turn as some users issued slurs and threats towards the country’s Muslim community on the publication’s Facebook page. “Feed them a pig’s d***,” commented one user on a photo posted on The Voice’s Facebook page. “We should either kill all the Kalars in Burma or banish them, otherwise Buddhism will cease to exist,” said another user. Gruesome photographs of the victims of the attack have also begun circulating on the web and have attracted their fair share of negative comments as well. “Kalar” is used to describe perceived outsiders within the country, especially individuals with dark skin, but the term often carries a pejorative tone. In the Myanmar edition of the New Light of Myanmar newspaper and Myanmar TV today, the victims of the sectarian attack were referred to as “Kalar” instead of Muslims. In recent months anti-Rohingya, (Rakhine Muslims) propaganda has been carried out by Rakhine extremists and xenophobes inside and outside of Myanmar harping on the old tune, “Rohingya is not a nationality in Myanmar, they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh” with intent to exterminate them ultimately. Surprisingly, these organized efforts have been carried out in line with the recent statements of some ministers and authorities of the ruling government. Nevertheless, the rejection of Rohingya coupled with continued persecution and ‘Rakhine terrorism’ against them indicates a serious early warning sign of genocide in Rakhine State. The government is fully responsible for law and order situation in the whole country. It should not make the Muslims scapegoats. It has full responsibility to protect the rights, honour and dignity of all citizens. Meanwhile, we reiterate that Arakan is a diverse society with two major peoples of Muslim Rohingyas and Buddhist Rakhines. We believe that ‘peaceful co-existence’ among all the peoples of Arakan and Burma is imperative for the restoration of democracy, promotion of human rights and perpetuation of peace and prosperity in the country. It is high time, for all compatriots, to actively pursue a policy of peace and reconciliation and work in unison for the future of the country and for generations to come. We demand that the ruling government of U Thein Sein immediately conduct an impartial, comprehensive investigation and take exemplary action against the culprits in the interest of peace and security in the region. The peaceful co-existence of Muslims and Buddhists in Myanmar and also in Rakhine state has been deliberately subverted by successive Myanmar rulers whether they are army or not. Ethnic minorities’ rights have been openly attacked in Myanmar for decades. We urge upon the international community including the UN, OIC, EU, ASEAN, the USA and other governments of the world, international human rights organisations and NGOs to put strong pressure on the ruling Myanmar government for the protection and security of life, property, dignity and the honour of Muslims and all minorities in Myanmar.