Burma Times Correspondent: June 03, 2015
Rohingya community leaders met with Lawaka officials in Rathedaung town on Monday.
During the meeting the Lawaka told the Rohingyas that they will be screened once again on the basis of the tokens handed over in exchange for white cards. Then if they were eligible, they would be handed the green card.
The Lawaka then said that green cards shall only be given if they identified themselves as Bengalis. This drew protests from the crowd present. One of the Rohingyas stood up and said, “We are not Bengalis. We don’t know anything about Bengalis. Our history and culture belongs to this land.”
The Lawaka officials told them this it is the government decision and preparations will be made accordingly.
Altogether, Rohingyas from 14 villages in Rathedaung attended the meeting.
The green card is an identity paper for those who are considered foreigners by the state but have been naturalised as Burmese citizens.
A meeting also took place in Aung Mingalar quarter in Akyab on Tuesday between local Rohingyas and a British government delegation.
Lawaka officials and pro government Rohingya men also attended the meeting.
During the meeting that started at 11 am, the issue of green card was discussed.