Bangladesh politician tries to associate Rohingya refugees with crime: shades of Trump

Rohingya kids learning to read Quran Cox's Bazar (REUTERS:Mohammad Ponir Hossain) Feb 8 2017

A Bangladeshi guy named Hamidul Haque Chowdhury, associated with the Awami League, the current governing party, said: “Rohingya are the main reason for all the troubles throughout the country, including Cox’s Bazar. They have been associated with criminal offenses such as killing, mugging, larceny & terrorism.”

That echoes Trump’s racist nonsense about Mexican immigrants being all rapists & criminals. Several studies going back decades show the crime rate among Mexican immigrants isn’t even close to that of native-born US citizens. The evidence in Bangladesh is also overwhelming of criminality toward Rohingya, including kidnapping & human trafficking, with no evidence & very little likelihood that traumatized refugees are engaged in crime sprees.

Photo is Rohingya kids learning how to read the Quran at
Kutupalang Unregistered Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

(Photo by Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)