Mustafa Kaya: "Road from Andalusia to Rohingya"

Mustafa Kaya: "Road from Andalusia to Rohingya"
Date: 2.3.2021 17:00

Milli Gazete columnist Mustafa Kaya writes on coup in Myanmar. Here is the full article.

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In the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, the events have not stopped after the military coup on 1 February. With the death of 18 people in the anti-coup protests, Myanmar was on the world agenda again. With the declared 1-year state of emergency, it is seen that the problems that already exist in the country have increased even more during this period.
On the other hand, the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, better known as Burma, does not come to an end. This problem continues as a legacy left by the British, who dominated the region in the middle of the 19th century, after them. The policy of leaving a conflict zone in abandoned places, which has the classical British approach, was also applied for Myanmar. The fact that the Rohingya (Arakan) Muslims, who have been struggling with oppression, persecution and torture for decades and struggling to survive with the threat of genocide, have entered an even more difficult process with this coup, naturally the objective has been concentrated on the region. The army was the organizer and head of the persecution of Muslims. There are concerns that General Min Aung Hlaing, who is now taking over, will take this process even more difficult. The population of Rohingya Muslims, which was over 4 million before the systematic attacks in 2017, is very low in the country today. Muslims who took refuge in neighboring Bangladesh continue to struggle to survive in the largest refugee camp in the world. Unfortunately, the dangerous anticipation of Muslims, the majority of whom are refugees, while they are the essential elements of the country, continue.
In fact, Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, who was dismissed today by a coup, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In a sense, she was touted as "democrat". However, during her tenure, Suu Kyi approached the problem with the statements of the military and racist Buddhist monks. Despite this, it is of course unacceptable to be overthrown by a coup.
Besides, the main responsibility for the solution of the problem falls on the international community and Islamic countries. It is obvious that what happened has left great suffering. First of all, the Islamic world should not remain indifferent to what is happening in Myanmar. Especially, the country under the rule of General Hlaing, who sees the problem as a "residue from the Second World War", should be followed much more closely today, and what has been done to Rohingya Muslims should find its rightful place on the agenda.
Today, every Muslim suffers and grieves when Andalusia is mentioned. And yet, what is happening in Palestine, Kashmir, East Turkestan and Rohingya and also Andalusia? Crying for yesterday only makes sense by doing our part today. Despite everything and the pressure of all negativities, we should not remain indifferent to the deafening cries of both the Islamic world and all other oppressed people. 
What did the Wise King Aliya say: "When everything is done, what we will remember is; it will be the silence of our friends, not the words of our enemies."


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