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The Myanmar conflict: From Yangon the look
Talk to those on the streets about what is going on in Rakhine and you will not be able to listen to the world. Considered "Bengalis", the group reflects the general view that the members of the Rohingya group are foreign nationals - Bangladeshi migrants with a different cultural and linguistic background. That which many in the world regard as a question of international humanitarian law is considered a matter of international humanitarian law in Myanmar, and there is broad backing for defence in North Rakhine.
The papers support the government's report that the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Force (Arsa) assaulted Burma's police on August 25. Thereupon, the armed force, also known as Tatmadaw, started armed missions in the conflict-ridden Maungdaw area of Rakhine. The majority of Myanmar people regard global press reporting as one-sided, placing too much weight on the Rohingya and not properly covering the needs of others in Rakhine who have escaped violent attacks in their communities.
In Rakhine, there are severe restrictions on accessing the affected areas by the press, which prevent international reporters from traveling and checking bank account balances. "of the Bengali terrorist extremists' plan to invade large cities." Another, on the Elevenews website, is similar: "Arsa Bengali terrorist extremists are attacking Maungdaw Township police. It is reported that it is militants who, unlike the military, burn down towns and it is not mentioned that many Rohingya refugees flee to Bangladesh.
Deceptive or counterfeit messages and pictures on soft copy have only been used to cause further divisions. Hostility towards the Rohingya is nothing new in Myanmar, but is based on a long-standing bias against the Myanmar minorities, who are not regarded as Myanmarers. Rohingya, who are speaking a different language from others in Rakhine State, are not regarded as one of Myanmar's 135 nationalities.
Nationalistic groups have promoted the concept that Rohingya Muslims pose a menace, as Moslem men can have four women and many orphans. There are many in Rakhine who are afraid that one of these will one of these days take over their country as their populations grow. Hostility becomes obvious when you talk to commoners.
There are still some who sympathize with the Rohingya's distress, even if they are less noisy. "Many Bengali Muslims have died," said a cabbie.