Burma Times Correspondent: August 26, 2015
Security forces are stepping up pressure on the village tract of Ang Dhang in Maungdaw South after locals rebuffed attempts by Lawaka officials and pro regime Rohingya collaborators’ attempts to convince them to accept the green card.
On Monday night, Hlun Htein forces conducted a night raid on the village tract, arresting one man.
Md Amin was then severely beaten up on the charges of making home improvements without the permission of village authorities. Under the laws of the country, Rohingyas are not allowed to make house repairs without government permission. As a result many of the houses destroyed by floods and cyclone this season has been left in a broken state.
Last Wednesday, another man was beaten up by military personal for riding a motor bike. The military told Faridul Alam that Muslims are not allowed to ride motor bikes on Burmese land as this soil did not belong to them.
Local sources say the crackdown on Ang Dhang was in full swing when the cyclone struck the area hard and forced the authorities to temporary suspend their vigilance. It has started again in the past few days.
Tensions started in late July after the locals escaped Lawaka officials trying to force them to accept the green card. In response the military moved in and took positions in different points of the village tract terrorising locals.
Many Ang Dhang residents are currently in police custody where they face torture and ill treatment for refusing the green card.