Burma Times Correspondent: September 17, 2015
Military personal from Kiang Dong in Rathedaung came to the village of Cerang Hara in Rathedaung and told Rohingyas to expect an attack by Rakhine mobs any time soon.
The military entered the village tract on Tuesday evening and met with the community leaders. Here they said the Rakhines in the surrounding areas were disturbed by the free movement of the ‘Bengali Muslims’ and felt threatened by their activities. As an act of self defence, the Rakhines were planning to attack Muslim settlements throughout the area. If that happened, the military will not be able to guarantee the safety of the Muslims, they said.
The Rohingyas, including the government collaborators of the area were bewildered because the locals don’t travel outside the village due to government restrictions and face a difficult time even going to the hills to collect wood or the river to fish. The movement restrictions are crippling all livelihood options and creating food shortages in this area, as it is throughout much of the state. Under the circumstances, the Rohingyas said they were amused by the allegations of the Rakhines.
Even then, the Rohingyas told the army officials they would put night guards on duty to ensure no local is out of their homes in the later hours. They also promised not to have any outside guests in their village.
Following the visit by the military, panic has seized locals as they fear a riot like situation in the near future. The visit by the military coincides with reports that outsiders are entering Maungdaw in droves and 969 activists are mobilising in Maungdaw and Buthidaung.
Altogether many are fearing tensions around the upcoming Eid ul Adha festival.