Burma Times Correspondent: September 12, 2015
The appearance of hundreds of strangers over the last few days in the Maungdaw area is creating panic among local Rohingyas.
Residents of Maungdaw town and the surrounding villages say most of the local Rakhines in the area are well known to them. But over the last few days, they are seeing a surge of strangers in the town area and the village markets.
The situation is eerily similar to the situation in the Akyab region in June 2012 when hundreds of Rakhines from the Tangup region flooded the city before the massacre began.
In the past few days, the 969 movement has increased anti Muslim propaganda in the region alleging Muslims are cruel to animals. It is feared the outsiders have been brought into the area to create trouble before the Muslim religious festival of Eid ul Adha.
Locals say the strange faces might be from the region east of Akyab from where many of the 2012 rioters came. Also there is speculation that Bangladesh Rakhines are also coming to Arakan state in increasing numbers.
Whatever their origins, the strangers are causing total panic among the local Rohingya populace.