Burma Times Correspondent: August 13, 2015
Security forces have stepped up pressure on Rohingya Muslims to accept the green card by restricting all movement to Maungdaw town.
On Monday, Hlun Htein stopped three Rohingyas entering Maungdaw town and demanded to see their identity papers. When they showed the token given in exchange of the now withdrawn card, the men were grievously assaulted and told these were not the proper papers. What they needed was the green card, they were told.
The assaulted Rohingyas were told to go back to their villages without delay and get the green card.
In some areas of Maungdaw township, e.g. Ang Dhang, Rohingyas have been specifically told they would not be given permission to go out of their villages. But in other villages, while they are getting the permission, the security forces are stopping them in many areas and asking for the identity papers. When they are showing the token for the white card, they are saying these are not the correct ones and they were supposed to get the green card.
Incidents of assault have been reported from Hawar Bil in Maungdaw North.
Rohingyas refuse to accept the green card as it refers to them as Bengalis.
In the coming days, Rohingyas expect the authorities to increase the pressure in other areas of Northern Arakan.