“We, the Representatives of the peoples of Kachin, Karen, Palaung, Lahu, Shan and Wa, in deep sorrow, hereby express our heart-felt sympathy to the defenceless Muslims who fled to escape the compound racial and religious persecution by the Rangoon Government armed forces.”
Read on the solidarity statement from 1978 in the attached full text (in 2 JPEG files).
Note the Ngagamin Operation (or King Dragon Operation under Home Minister Brigadier Sein Lwin, known as the Butcher of Rangoon in 8.8.88 reached Sittwe in Feb 1978 – in fact 11 Feb 1978, ironically one day before the Union Day, to celebrate Burma’s ethnic diversity in unity!)
By the end of June 1978, over 200,000 – some say a quarter million – Rohingyas and other Muslims fled the country across the border into Bangladesh.
The Bangladeshi Government then led by General Zia Raman opened the border and let the Muslim refugees in to his country to escape the immediate violence, death and rape by the Burmese and Rakhine combined forces (local law enforcement in Rakhine state were made up primarily of Rakhine while senior commander and administrators were Bama from Rangoon, starting with Home Minister Brigadier Sein Win in Rangoon and Western Command commander based in Sittwe).
Subsequently, Ne Win’s Foreign Minister Tin Ohn was invited to Bangladesh capital where Bangladeshi senior officials veiled a threat of arming Rohingya refugees – number over 200,000 – if Burma did not take back their own nationals – Muslims from Arakan.
Bangladeshi general and PM Zia also traveled to Indonesia, Malaysia and other Muslim countries to rally support for the persecuted muslims in Arakan.
Finally, Ne Win backed down and agreed to take the Musim refugees back from Bangladesh.
By July and August UNHCR got involved in repatriating Rohingyas back to Arakan.
In the next 2-3 years, Ne Win and his anti-Muslim/anti-Rohingya deputies including Rakhine academics such as San Thar Aung (physics professor and director general of higher education) and Aye Gyaw (Australian-trained historian of nationalist movements in Burma) connived a legal strategy – and the result was the drafting of the 1982 Citizenship Act.
By Oct 1982, the draft was completed and Ne Win’s legal adviser and clerk Dr Maung Maung (British and Dutch-trained lawyer and legal scholar who had a stint at Yale Law School) oversaw the whole legal campaign to strip the Rohingyas of nationality by a stroke of a legal pen. (Hitler and his legal advisers also enacted laws stripping the Jews of Germany of nationality and paving the way for the eventual physical destruction of the Jews as a national/ethnic/religious community in Germany).
Like the Germans under Nazi rule who were told that the Jews were a threat to German nation, the Burmese public has been told a similar genocidal lie about the Rohingyas. (Myanmar Peace Center’s Dr Min Zaw Oo is also playing the role of a Nazi-ish adviser, writing a series of delusional essays in Burmese – published in THE VOICE – portraying the helpless, half-starved Rohingya as an Islamic threat to Burma!)
In 1978, the estimated population of the Rohingyas was 1.3 million.
In 2014, Khin Yi, immigration Minister and one of the chief liars of Thein Sein Cabinet (in addition to Maung Maung Ohn and Thein Sein’s adviser and salesman Dr Kyaw Yin Hlaing, again of Myanmar Peace Center) put the Rohingya population at 1.3 million.
This Zero Growth in population is the DIRECT result of a genocidal policy of Burma maintained since 1978.
ex-General Khin Nyunt also confirmed that there was NO IN-FLOW Muslims from “Bengali’, only the fleeing of Arakan’s Muslims across the borders into Bangladesh. He did so in his ‘top secret’ lecture, to a cadre of officiating Burmese brigadier generals at the then National Defense College, (Khin Nyunt was the founder of the notorious Na-Sa-Ka, Burmese equivalent of SS as far as the Rohingyas in Arakan).
It is incredibly sick and pathetic that the entire regime of Thein Sein – in fact all successive regimes of Bama generals – have been feeding the Burmese public this racist poison for the past nearly 40 years.
The result is that our country is overwhelmingly genocidal and racist towards the Rohingya.
Back in 1978, other minorities such as Wa, Lahu, Kachin, Karen, Shan, Palaung, etc. dared express their solidarity and empathy for the persecuted Muslim minorities of Arakan.
Now in 2014, even the Kachin Independence Organization’s spokesperson ex-Colonel James L. based in BKK denied any knowledge of Rohingya and denied showing any sympathy for the Rohingya.
That IS the direct effect of Nazi-like anti-Rohingya propaganda by the Psychological Warfare Department of Ministry of Defense in Burma.
Finally, every year the Burmese military regimes since Ne Win’s era brought hundreds of Burmese senior and junior teachers to Civil Servant Training School at Hpaung Gyi where high ranking military officers, including Khin Nyunt, would come and spread lies, fear and hatred of the Rohingyas among the country’s educators – teachers and other civil service members.
The result is the country is populated by the good Buddhist public who have been thoroughly duped and brainwashed into behaving like the German Nazis in the Third Reich.
The thought of Burma’s good “Buddhists” turning Nazis really gives me chills down my spine. I hope it does for you too.