Breaking News: Rohingyas’ Shops at Maungdaw Municipal Market on Fire
Last Tuesday, a United Nations committee passed a resolution urging Myanmar to grant rights to Rohingya, a stateless minority. The resolution called for the government to provide equal access to citizenship, to free political prisoners, and to crackdown on Buddhist violence against the Rohingya and other Muslims in the southeast Asian country:
European and US envoys called on Myanmar to step up the reform efforts. US ambassador Samantha Power commented this week that progress has been made in Myanmar but added that there is more to do in the country which was ruled by a junta until 2011.
Myanmar, however, released 69 political prisoners last week.
Myanmar emerged from a half-century of military rule in 2011, but its transition to democracy has been marred by sectarian violence that has left more than 240 people dead and sent another 240,000 fleeing their homes, most of them Rohingya.
Many Myanmar Buddhists view the Rohingya as interlopers brought in by British colonialists from modern-day Bangladesh, but many Rohingya say they have lived in the country once known as Burma for hundreds of years.
The Myanmar government vowed it would not bow to UN pressure, and on the heels of the resolution, extremists set fire to the Maungdaw Municipal Market.
via Rohingya Vision
Maungdaw, Arakan: Maungdaw Municipal Market was set ablaze at around 7PM today (i.e. 23rd November 2013) and is still burning. Most of the shops at the market are owned by Muslims, whereas only three to four are owned by Rakhines. Many shops are said to have been burnt down and the remaining shops are being looted by Rakhine extremists.
Something unexpected had happened just before that. Government supplies electricity from 6:30PM to 11PM. But today, the [electricity] came at 6:30 PM as per schedule. And power was taken out some ten minutes after that. And the downtown suddenly became totally dark.
Soon after, the shops at the market caught fire. The fire started at the western-part of the market and later spread to the other parts. The western part of the market is facing a Rakhine village called “Dak-Rwa” under Quarter 1 of Maungdaw. Hence, most of the part of the downtown of Maungdaw was looking like hell.
Rohingyas tried to approach the market to put out fire at their respective shops. The authority prevented them from approaching. Besides, Rakhine extremists are also attacking those Rohingyas who are trying to go to the place.
Two fire-brigades are present at the burning market. The fire has slown down. But Rakhines are looting the remaining shops. There are around 400 shops at the market. Only three to four shops are owned by Rakhines and the rest are Rohingyas’ shops. Each shop worth around Kyat 20 Millions” said a local Rohingya in Maungdaw.
Updates: Rakhine terrorists used petrol to put the shops on fire. The fire started at the south-western part of the market. Six to seven shops are said to have been burnt down, many destroyed and almost all the shops have been looted by Rakhines from nearby quarters. While the shops were burning, Rakhines broke down the gate at the northern side and looted as many as shops they could. And Rakhine Police watched on and let them loot Rohingyas’ shops.
Both electric department and telecommunication department together with Rakhine terrorists are said to have conspired and torched the shops according to the local Rohingyas. Electricity Power and GSM Mobile Network had been switched off at the same time just before fire began.
The fire have been put out and now, the situation has calmed down after so much of chaos.
Local Rohingyas are extremely worried. It has been rumored that Rakhine terrorists have burnt down the shops to show their vengeance against the visit of OIC delegation to Maungdaw.