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Military Bulldozes a Historical Mosque in Buthidaung Township

By The Stateless

Buthidaung, April 5, 2017: The Myanmar military completely bulldozed a historical mosque in Lawei Dek on April 3, 2017.

The ancient mosque was believed to be built before the British occupation of Burma in the heart of Lawei Dek, under Buthidaung Township. Till mid-1990 the mosque was surrounded by Botoli Bazaar. Now it has been completely demolished.

The Myanmar authority has closed the mosque in 1990s as the parts of Genocidal campaign in Buthidaung. At the time authority shut down hundreds  of mosques all over Arakan State to reduce the symbols of historical Muslims heritage.

According to an eye witness’s account, some military personnels from the nearby battalion arrived at Lawei Dek along with bulldozer and razed the mosque.

Since 2012, almost all the mosques across Rakhine State are remained closed. The subsequent military regime and now Aung San Suu Kyi led government see destruction of historical Islamic sites and structures.

Though the international community has documented the strong evidence of crimes against humanity being committed against Rohingya, urged Myanmar government to ease human rights violations, Aung San Suu Kyi’s government and the state government continues the demolition of Rohingya Muslim properties and religious infrastructures.