Myanmar Military Razes Ancient Mosque in Buthidaung
According to the latest news collected by the Rohingya Vision, a 200-year old historical mosque in Buthidaung Township was bulldozed by the Myanmar military on April 3, 2017.
It was located at the village of ‘Lawei Dek’ in Buthidaung and was built even before the British before the British occupation of Arakan, according to the local folklore.
“During the British time, there existed shops and bazaar at the both sides of the road nearby the Masjid. It was known as ‘Botoli Bazaar.’ The mosque was closed by the authorities only in the mid-1990s.
“But yesterday, the military from a battalion from a battalion nearby ‘Lawei Dek’ arrived with a bulldozer and razed the mosque,” said an elderly Rohingya man in Buthidaung.
Although the Myanmar government claims of putting its best efforts to end the crisis in the Arakan state, the Rohingya people are suffering from the persecution at all fronts including restrictions to freedom of worship. Majority of their places of worships have officially remained closed since June 2012.
Different Myanmar regimes throughout history have involved in systematic demolitions of the Rohingya historical monuments.