UPDATE: Commenter Gerald adds:
The term Rohingya is a misnomer. They are illegal Bengali invaders and if the Burmese were to regularize their presence in the province of Arkan they will wait for their numbers to increase and begin the ethnic cleansing of the Buddhist population and soon after the Bengali Muslims will demand autonomy and sharia laws with the eventual aim of seceding from Burma. Think Kosovo.
Lucas Phillips, a Brigadier General in the British Fourteenth Army, who fought on the Arakan front during the Second World War, clarifies the ethnicity, language, religion and national origin of the fictional Rohingya.
“Arakan is a province of Burma that has a character all its own.” “The two main strains of the population, mutually hostile, divided by race, language and religion, were of Muslim and Buddhist persuasions respectively. The Buddhists, to whom the term ‘Arakanese’ was in these parts specially applied, belong to a tribe or strain known as Maugh or Mughs.9 ” ” The Muslims had their origin in the district of Chittagong, in the Bengal province of British India, and all the Muslims, whether natives of Arakan for generations or recent immigrants, were known as Chittagonians, or in the British forces as ‘CF’….. A bewildering babel of language was spoken by these people. The Arakanese spoke a dialect of Burmese, but the Chttagonian stuck to the Bengali of their homeland, but, if educated, spoke Urdu as well.”
The Rakhaing land, having taken over by the British from the Burmese occupiers, became the Arakan Division in British Burma. It was divided into three districts, namely Akyab, Kyaukpru and Sandoway. Akyab district was where the Bengali immigrants concentrated most, especially in the townships of Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathidaung, geographically in the order of proximity to the adjoining Bengali land. There is a lot more at site.
H/T: DM & Vlad for the video upload
Dan Friedman’s Universal Laws of History:
Law #1: Any time and anywhere Muslims reach a certain critical mass, they seek to dominate or destroy the neighboring non-Muslim communities.
Law #2: Point to any current trouble spot on the planet and most if not all will involve a violent clash between the Muslim population and the “infidels” in the proximity.
Law #3: Law #2 proves Law #1 and vice versa.
Burma acknowledges mass burnings in Rakhine unrest
Burma’s president has acknowledged major destruction in the west of the country, scene of recent ethnic unrest.
“There have been incidents of whole villages and parts of the towns being burnt down in Rakhine state,” Thein Sein’s spokesman told the BBC.
He was speaking after Human Rights Watch released satellite pictures showing hundreds of buildings destroyed in the coastal town of Kyaukpyu alone.
It says the victims were mostly Muslim Rohingya, targeted by non-Muslims.
Presidential spokesman Zaw Htay told the BBC the government was tightening security in Rakhine state, which is also known as Arakan.
Phil Robertson, Human Rights Watch: “The entire area has been burned out; the residents are evidently all gone”
“If necessary, we will send more police and military troops in order to get back stability,” he added.
There is long-standing tension between ethnic Rakhine people, who make up the majority of the state’s population, and Muslims, many of whom are Rohingya and are stateless.
The Burmese authorities regard the Rohingya as illegal immigrants and correspondents say there is widespread public hostility to them.
‘Bodies at sea’
The satellite pictures released by Human Right Watch, a US-based group, show Kyaukpyu district on 9 October, and then on 25 October.
On 9 October, hundreds of closely packed houses can be seen on the peninsula, as well as scores of houseboats along the northern shoreline.
But in the image taken on Thursday, few boats remain and the 35-acre district is almost entirely empty of houses.
HRW said many residents are thought to have fled by boat.
A local reporter who visited the site told the BBC’s Burmese service the area had been completely destroyed, with some buildings still smouldering.
In one district, with a population of some 3,000, only burnt out poles from the houses and charred stubs of trees were to be seen.
The government says the death toll from the attacks this week has reached 82, with a further 129 people injured, and that nearly 3,000 houses have been destroyed.