October 19, 2017

Chinese media report from northern Rakhine

Chinese journalists interview Muslims in a conflict area in Maungtaw on 22 September 2017. Photo: MNA

News media representatives from the People’s Republic of China arrived in Maungtaw yesterday to report on the extremist terrorist attacks in northern Rakhine State by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) terrorists.
The journalists arrived in Sittway on Thursday and were taken to Buthidaung via Maungtaw Township, by speedboat early yesterday morning, officials said.
Members of the Chinese media yesterday conducted newsgathering in the predominantly Islamist wards of Thihokyun and Myothakyi, near the entrance to the town on Maungtaw-Kyeekanpyin Road. Authorities said the villages were destroyed by ARSA extremist terrorists who set homes on fire.
Afterward, the media group interviewed U Ye Htut, district commissioner, at the office of the Maungtaw district general administration department, inquiring about rescue efforts.
The members of the media also travelled to the market in the predominantly Islamist Kanyintan ward in Maungtaw and spoke to residents about their attitudes towards the ARSA extremist terrorists, the situations on the ease of selling and purchasing goods at a time when peace and stability are being restored, and the availability of medical care to members of the Muslim community by the Tatmadaw mobile health team in the ward.
The Chinese media representatives also met with Hindus who are being sheltered at rescue camps opened in Maungtaw, asking them about the killings by ARSA extremist terrorists and the support given to them by the Government.
The Chinese journalists openly asked Hindu residents if they were living peacefully and why they chose not to be displaced from Gwezar village. The members of the Chinese media also met those taking shelter at the Myoma monastery and took photos of fencing along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border and the No. 1 gate/check-point in the western ward of Maungtaw Myoma.

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