Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya

‘Friday pray’ was followed by simultaneous protest in three Asian countries of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Their demand is to stop the military operation against Myanmar’s Rohingya, the world’s most persecuted minority.    

by Another Word is Possible   November 25, 2016  

Bangkok – More than 100 people have gathered in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand to protest against the ongoing military operation on Rohingya Muslim community in Arakan State, western Burma. The operation has been intensified since October 9 when unknown assailants attacked three border posts. Having taken an excuse of this, Burmese troops have committed what the UN official even termed “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya, whom the UN once described the world’s most persecuted minority. Rohingya have been deprived of citizenship and virtually every single basic rights as a human being in any modern society.

On November 23, International State Crime Initiative (or ISCI) has warned that “Aung San Suu Kyi is legitimizing genocide in Myanmar and has entrenched the persecution of Rohingya Muslims”. The Friday’s protest was simultaneously one taking place in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand after ‘Friday Pray’. In Bangkok, it was organized by ‘Council for Humanitarian Networking of Sheikhul Islam Office‘ with high number of Rohingya participants. There was a protest also in Pattani, southern Thailand according to local media. Following pictures were taken in Bangkok protest.

11월 25일 인도네시아, 말레이시아, 태국 (방콕 & 파타니)에서 수백명의 시민과 로힝야 거주자들이 동시 다발 시위를 벌였다. 10월 9일 이후 계속되는 대로힝야 군사작전에 대한 항의 시위다. 현재 미얀마 서부 아라칸 주 군사작전 지역은 독립적 언론과 구호기관의 접근이 원천 봉쇄된 가운데 버마군의 방화, 살상, 로힝야 여성에 대한 강간이 계속되고 있다. 수천명의 로힝야 난민들이 방글라데시로 국경을 넘고 있지만 이중 다수는 방글라데시 국경수비대에 의해 다시 밀려 ‘헬 미얀마’로 쫓겨나고 있다. 아웅산 수치는 구호를 허용하라는 미얀마 내 외교가의 조언에 화가 났다는 후문이다. 런던에 기반을 둔 <국가범죄 국제연구소>는 24일 “아웅산 수치 정부가 로힝야 제노사이드를 정당화하고 있다”고 경고했다. 이어지는 사진은 방콕 시위 장면이다.

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Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Almost everybody taking picture or video their protest. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Almost everybody taking picture or video their protest. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing
© Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Organizer talking to packed media which one participant filmed. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Organizer talking to packed media which one participant filmed. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Police and organizer seemed to discuss what to not/do. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Police and organizer seemed to discuss what to not/do. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Action just for a few minutes. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Action just for a few minutes. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Rohingya participants eager to show their pickets. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Rohingya participants eager to show their pickets. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

'Destroying mosque' in Arakan state has become serious issue recently. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

‘Destroying mosque’ in Arakan state has become serious issue recently. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Finalizing protest. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Finalizing protest. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Stop to Rape!! Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Stop to Rape!! Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Somebody not aware of the picket was upside down as hurrily showing it because no more allowed for them to show it. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Somebody not aware of the picket was upside down as hurrily showing it because no more allowed for them to show it. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Shaking hands to finalized protest. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Shaking hands to finalized protest. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

The man who said from Rathedaung, Arakan State can't bear his emotion. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

The man who said from Rathedaung, Arakan State can’t bear his emotion. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Still eager to show the picket they brought. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Still eager to show the picket they brought. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Eager to show their picket. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Eager to show their picket. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Really done and leaving. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

Really done and leaving. Rohingya Protest Bangkok. Stop the Military operation. End the Ethnic Cleansing © Lee Yu Kyung 2016

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2 responses to “Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya

  1. 기자님의 기사들을 읽고, 책을 읽은 게 작년 이맘때인데, 어느새 저는 관련 학문을 공부하는 학생이 되었어요. 요즘은 영어로 된 논문들에 허우적대느라 뉴스 기사들을 챙겨 읽을 시간이 없어, 기자님 얼굴을 잘 못 뵙지만, 종종 오래전 읽었던 책을 떠올리며 기억을 되살리곤 합니다. 사회학을 배우며 현실과 동떨어진 이론들에 실망하다가도, 그 개념들이 분쟁과 난민과 탈식민화에 맞닿아 있는 걸 깨달으면 다시 힘을 내서 공부하고 있습니다. 아직 갈 길은 멀고, 읽을 책들과 논문도 많지만 언젠가는 기자님처럼 조금은 세상을 따뜻하게 바꿀 수 있는 사람이 되고 싶어요. 세상에 쓸데없는 소식은 없겠지만, 조금 더 많은 사람이 조금 더 넓게 세상을 바라봤으면 하는 바람이 있습니다. 기자님의 글들이 그렇게 사람들에게 조그만 초록색 네이버 창으로라도, 세상 밖 이야기를 들려주고 있겠지요.

    글과 사진으로 누군가의 삶을 바꾼다는 건 엄청난 경험인 거 같아요. 오래전 글을 써오며 그런 말을 들은 적이 있는데, 지금은 기자님께 그 말을 남기고 싶네요. 기자님의 글들로 세상을 조금 더 넓게 바라보게 되었어요, 감사합니다.

    태국에 계시면 꼭 찾아뵙겠다는 말은 지키지 못할 수도 있을 거 같아요. 세 번째 학기를 인도와 태국 중에 정해야 했는데, 학업에 매진하고 싶어서 인도를 정했거든요. 혹여나, 태국에 있는 친구들을 만나러 방문하게 되면 꼭 찾아뵙고 싶습니다.

    처음 이곳에 댓글을 남겼을 때도, 지금도 아직 부족한 게 많지만, 언젠가 뵐 때는, 수많은 질문거리를 가지고 만나 뵐 수 있기를 바라봅니다. 항상, 건강하시고, 반짝이는 글 앞으로도 잘 부탁드려요.

    추신. 책을 읽고 이메일을 보냈었는데 가닿지 않았나봐요. 하지만 여전히 응원하고 있습니다.

    이한규 올림.

  2. 이한규님 정성스런 댓글, 응원 정말 감사드려요. 큰 힘이 됩니다.^^. 보내주신 메일을 뒤늦게야 확인하고는 좀 전에 답을 드렸답니다. (늦은 답신 죄송ㅠㅠ) 읽기, 쓰기, 찍기 두루두루 열정적으로 넘나드시길 바라구요. 한국이나 태국이나 지나시는 길이라도 꼭 연락 함 주세요. 저의 로케이션은 이 사이트를 통해 업데이트 해놓겠습니다. 그럼 건투를 빕니다!! 🙂

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