Burma Times Correspondent: July 14, 2015
The government has ordered their collaborators in Maungdaw township to collect all sharp instruments and sticks from Rohingyas within a week.
The sudden order in the most populated Rohingya township is creating panic among the locals. Many fear that there might be something out of place before the elections scheduled for November.
During the riots of 2012, Rohingyas armed with sharp weapons and sticks defended their neighbourhoods against better armed Rakhine mobs. The resistance only collapsed in many cases after security forces moved in with machine guns.
Following the order given to the collaborators on Friday and made public on Sunday, there is speculation that in a future Rakhine attack, Rohingyas will have nothing to defend their homes.
Rakhine casualties were low in 2012 but a determined Rohingya resistance in many areas likely saved the lives of many children who had the time to move out before the attackers eventually ran over their villages with the backing of security forces.
However the attackers made a big fuss of their losses at that time. In retrospect it is thought that government wants the Rohingyas totally without any defense before election time in case another clash breaks out.
Anyone withholding sharp instruments and sticks will be arrested by security forces, according to government collaborators,