GRAPHIC VIDEO: Footage Shows Police Beating Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Mon Jan 2, 2017 18:40:38

A new video has emerged showing Myanmar’s police using excessive force against Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine.

Alalam - Myanmar

A front-page story on Monday in the state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said that the video clip was recorded by a police constable.

The footage shows Myanmar’s police beating and kicking young villagers during an area clearance operation.

Three officers attack and beat dozens of Rohingya villagers.

Dozens of videos have emerged showing security forces abusing Rohingya, but this is the first time the government has said it will take action over them.

The November 5 incident was a rare official acknowledgment of abuses taking place in the region.

The government of Myanmar has vowed to launch a probe into the video that has gone viral on the Internet, Press TV reported.

The newspaper cited the office of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi as saying  that "measures are being taken to take action against those who violated police force rules.

" It was still not clear what punishment the police might face.

Several human rights groups and international organizations have blamed security forces for abuses against the Muslim Rohingya minority in Rakhine, including rape, killings and the burning of more than 1,000 homes.

Myanmar's military has launched a fresh wave of crackdown on Muslims since an alleged attack on the country’s border guards on October 9 left nine policemen dead. The government blamed the Rohingyas for the assault.

There have been numerous accounts by eyewitnesses of summary executions, rapes and arson attacks against Muslims since the crackdown began.

The military has blocked access to Rakhine and banned journalists and aid workers from entering the zone.



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