Myanmar spearheads violent depopulation campaign to oust Rohingyas: Bangladesh

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PV Desk : Bangladesh today accused next-door Myanmar of spearheading a violent depopulation campaign to oust its ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims using the military, forcing by now majority of them to flee to Bangladesh.

“For the first time in the history the majority of the Rohingya race has come to Bangladesh . . . virtually only 400,000 to 500,000 of them out of some 1800,000 Rohingyas now remain in Myanmar,” foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali told a discussion in the capital.

He said the latest exodus began on August 25 with the army crackdown on Rohingyas on the plea of terrorist attack on Myanmar’s security outposts and since then some 500,000 of them crossed the border total their number to 900,000 in Bangladesh while another 400,000 of them were forced to take refuge in other countries.

“The Myanmar home minister earlier revealed their plan to bring a ‘demographic balance’ and the Myanmar’s military with aggressive Buddhists and nationalist Rakhine community’s supports are trying to enforce the plan,” Ali said.