Burma Times Correspondent: September 6, 2015
There are fresh fears of violence in Northern Arakan, this time centred on the Muslim religious festival of Eid-ul-Adha.
Multiple sources from Maungdaw and Buthidaung have confirmed the anti Muslim movement 969 is petitioning the government not to allow the Rohingyas to purchase cattle and other livestock ahead of the religious festival.
Buddhist nationalists allege the Muslim way of slaughtering animals for ‘halal’ meat is inhumane. Muslim religious scholars however say it is the quickest way to slaughter an animal with the process being over within seconds.
Muslims in the region also say the allegation by Buddhist nationalists have been manipulated to find justifications for slaughtering Muslims, including women and children. In the past few years, Buddhist nationalists especially the 969 movement has been blamed for the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim population.
This year the 969 movement seems to be mobilising once again ahead of the religious festival. Altogether an uncomfortable situation is being created for the Eid-ul-Adha, according to sources.