Burma Times Correspondent: August 15, 2015
Security forces and Lawaka officials have intensified their presence at check points in Maungdaw and Buthidaung.
Northern Arakan, home of the Rohingyas is dotted with numerous check points on the roads to scrutinise Rohingya movement. Rohingyas are not allowed to move freely and must have permission for going from one area to another.
In recent times, although Rohingyas sometimes get movement permission, they are stopped by the security forces and Lawaka and asked for their id card. When the token for the white card (previous id card id card given to foreign non citizens) is shown, it is refused and the Rohingyas are told to take photos for the green card (id card for naturalised citizens).
The facilities for taking photos and registering for the green card is present near almost every check point.
Some Rohingyas who have forced to take the photos have been beaten and told to go back home.
Rohingyas oppose the green card as it requires them to register as Bengalis. They are also adamant that they are not foreigners and deserve the pink card given to full citizens.