Burmese general defends scorched earth genocide

Massacre in Tolatuli (Shafiur Rahman) Sept 6 2017

Last Friday, General Min Aung Hlaing, the current commander-in-chief of the Burmese armed forces, defended his scorched earth genocide of clearing & torching Rohingya villages. Human Rights Watch has satellite images showing 17 separate Rohingya villages burned to the ground; in one village alone over 700 buildings were torched. Witnesses report the beheading of children, villagers hacked to death & burned alive.

The general said the military won’t be easing off its campaign against the Rohingya because it was “unfinished business” dating back to World War II. He referred to conflict in Arakan in 1942 between the Rohingya who sided with retreating British forces & Buddhists who were allies of the Japanese. Lying through his ass, he claimed tens of thousands died “in a failed attempt to create a Rohingya state.” In fact, it was a pogrom against the Rohingya.

This man named Nurul Huq survived a massacre in the village of Tolatuli but lost seven daughters & witnessed an entire village put to death by hacking, shooting, & burning. This is genocide & has absolutely nothing to do with ARSA insurgents, a small band armed only with knives & spears, if they even exist.

Stop the genocide of the Rohingya people. Full solidarity with their struggle for human, democratic, civil, & refugee rights.

(Photo from Shafiur Rahman on Twitter)