Burma Times Correspondent: August 31, 2015
Immigration officials accompanied by security forces held a meeting in Kiang Dong of Rathedaung to convince Rohingyas about the benefits of accepting the green card.
Residents of Anak Parang and Mujai were ordered to come here and attend the meeting.
During the meeting, the immigration officials spoke in length about the benefits that Rohingyas will get if they consented to accepting the green card. The officials said as the Muslims were not citizens of this country, they are naturally deprived of many facilities including freedom of movement. However once they accepted the green card, they will receive full support from the state and rights on par with other communities.
But if the Muslims continued to refuse the green card, their situation will become as their counterparts in Maungdaw and Buthidaung where movement has been severely restricted in the past few days, cutting the community from livelihood sources, warned immigration officials.
The Rohingyas did not comment on the situation in front of the government officials. Once they returned they said if the government really cared about them, they would not have seized relief goods from them as they did a few days ago. The seized relief goods were redistributed in Rakhine villages. The Rohingyas said they would never enjoy the same rights as the Rakhines and other Buddhist communities.
The security forces also have led deadly raids in the Rathedaung region in March and April resulting in the loss of innocent Rohingyas lives including children, said the villagers. The ground realities for a peaceful co-existence did not exist in the region, with or without the green card, said the Rohingyas.
They also opined that they will meet the same fate as their brethren in Maungdaw and Buthidaung and will not willingly accept the green card as it identifies them as Bengalis.