Burma Times Correspondent: March 27, 2015
A Rohingya fish trader was forced to pay a huge amount of money by strongmen in charge of a market in Butihidaung, according to our local correspondent.
Noor Salam was selling fish caught by residents of Warin Chong to the Monir Bil Bazar. After he sold the fish in the market, the strongmen of the market led by a Rakhine man U Tenk We told him that he must pay 30,000 kyats for their ‘services’.
When Noor protested, saying that the going rate was 300 kyats, at most 500, the men snatched away 30,000 kyats by force.
Similarly Rohingya shopkeepers had to pay many times higher than their Rakhine counterparts. When they protested at the unfair treatment saying that it would be impossible to do business like that, the goons said that not letting Muslims do business was a holy duty.