Burma Times Correspondent: July 28, 2015
Local administration has enforced a blockade on the village tract of Ang Dhang in Maungdaw South after local villagers resisted attempts by the Lawaka to register them as Bengalis.
In the morning, a huge team of Lawaka officials accompanied by police and Hlun Htein arrived in the village tract. Here they called some village elders and said they wanted to register everyone for the green card. The elders said no one wanted to show up for the green card registration and in spite of the best efforts they could not convince anyone.
The Lawaka then asked them to arrange a meeting with villagers in front of the local madrasa where they would convince everyone on the benefits of the green card. When around 15 villagers showed up, the security forces surrounded them with weapons and asked them to take them to their homes where they along with their family members will be registered for the green card.
However as soon as they reached their homes, the Rohingyas made a run for it and escaped from the clutches of the security forces. Seeing them running, the entire village also ran in whichever direction they could. In moments, the entire village was abandoned.
However one old man could not outrun the security forces. He was apprehended along with his wife and the woman was molested by security forces.
Two other men were also firmly in the grips of the police and they along with their family members were registered for the green card.
The escapade by the villagers made the police furious and they cursed at the Rohingyas in foul language.
At around 4pm, a Rakhine village administrator arrived in the village tract and announced over loudspeaker that from now on, the Rohingyas would not be allowed permission to leave the area. Under the laws of the state, Rohingyas need permission to move from one place to another, and the authorities declared that Ang Dhang Rohingyas will not be given that permission anymore.
It was also said that wherever Rohingyas would be found, they would be beaten up.