Burma Times Correspondent: June 16, 2015
Police removed two Rohingya patients from the Sittwe general hospital in the state capital follwoing demands by Buddhist nationalists. At around 4pm on Sunday, police entered the hospital and took away the two men to another spot.
The two were the only Rohingya patients in the hospital. Hospital staff in most of Arakan generally refuse to treat Muslim patients. Some Rohingyas have even being murdered by hospital staff in recent years.
The two were in the hospital only because of very serious illnesses. But nationalists have demanded authorities that they are not comfortable with Rohingya patients in the hospital which was meant to be treating Rakhines and Buddhists.
Many were misinformed by propaganda that most patients in the hospital were Rohingyas.
Nationalist groups mobilised hundreds of protesters on Sunday to protest the rescue of migrants from the country’s coast.