Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Residents, CSOs hold urgent meeting on terrorism

Residents of Buthidaung and Rathedaung Townships in Rakhine State as well as representatives of civil society groups held an urgent meeting on Wednesday to discuss the problem of terrorism besetting their region.

“We discussed about the citizens’ rights, ways to survive Bengali attacks and the difficulties faced by local peoples,” said U Tun Myint Oo, the committee member of Peace and Diversity Party, Rakhine State.

The attacks can’t be resolved by government action alone. The local people have to think about how to survive, how they can continue with their livelihood amid the current situation, he added.

The results from the meeting can represent the voice of the local people and these will be sent to Government and media, said U Tun Aung Thein, a resident of Buthidaung and also the coordinator of this meeting.

“The rule of law alert is happening in Rakhine state and all people need awareness about the emergency. This meeting is the first time to be held in Rakhine and it should be held before new attacks happen. The murder of Mro people showed that we need to ask question to government whether or not they can protect our rights as citizens,” U Maung Ong told The Myanmar Times. He is a Member of Parliament representing Maungdaw Constituency (2).

“No answers came out from the meeting, only the hardships faced by the people,” he added.

The meeting was organized by emergency support team, Maungdaw. It was attended by about 300 participants that included residents, members of parliament, representatives of political parties and monks.

The bodies of six Mro people were found on August 3 in Kaigyi Village and Mayu Mountain Range by Myanmar Security forces and two others are still missing. A total of 649 people from Chut Pyin village tract, Padauk Myaing (Natala) village and Pyin Shay village in Rathedaung township fled their homes after the attacks.

Moreover, 20 households from Maung Nhama village and 13 households from Ah Twin Pyin village in Buthidaung Township have abandoned their villages and have taken refuge in the house of relatives.