Burma Times Correspondent: March 14, 2015
Almost a hundred Burmese Buddhists protected by security forces have moved into Aung Mingalar quarter, according to our local correspondent.
Since the beginning of this month, many Buddhists from outside Arakan have began to settle in the area. Aung Mingalar is the last Muslim quarter left standing in Akyab proper after the riots of 2012.
Meanwhile authorities have constructed a sewage pipe through the area making life intolerable for the residents in many parts of the quarter.
Akyab was once a mixed city where Muslims and Buddhists live side by side. Now that has changed and Aung Mingalar is the last remaining neighbourhood where Muslims can live in the city. But it looks like the authorities are determined to gradually clear this settlement of Muslims.
Human rights groups have long accused the government of trying to drive Muslims out of Aung Mingalar.
The quarter has long been cut off from the rest of the city.