January 2, 2017
Rohingyas with mobile phones have been urged to take extra precautions as it is feared the security forces and village administration are making a specific list to target such men and women who are disseminating information.
Speaking to our desk, many Rohingya activists have said there are rumours that this time the security forces will carry out a crackdown against those who have taken photos and highlighted the brutal episode of ethnic cleansing carried out by Tatmadaw personal since October 9.
The crackdown has killed hundreds of Rohingyas, with many more apprehended and tortured, while numerous women have been raped and sexually molested. On the other hand, thanks to smartphones and a new generation of gallant Rohingya activists, both men and women who have risked their lives to disseminate information abroad, the atrocities have received widespread publicity leading to international outrage and diplomatic pressure on the government.
Already there are reports concerning the movement of suspicious men in the towns of Maungdaw and Buthidaung since last week who are maintaining close presence to the homes of Rohingya Muslims. It is suspected they are Hlun Htein personal in civilian clothes. In the villages, it is feared the government collaborators also known as tabbes will be instructed to make lists of those who are spreading information abroad.
Meanwhile in one village of Maunngdaw North, women who have disseminated information concerning rape are on the run as Hlun Htein looks very serious in apprehending them. Due to security concerns, we are unable to provide further details at this moment.