By Zaw Gyi
People staged a peaceful protest in downtown Yangon yesterday, denouncing some western countries’ interference and international media’s turning a blind eyes and deaf ears to true situation in northern Rakhine issue.
The demonstration led by Myanmar Political Watchers was held to denounce the attack on the country’s sovereignty and for putting pressure while neglecting the truth.
The protestors held placards and shout “Myanmar is seen to be accused internationally in varieties of ways. False accusation of Myanmar conducting genocide put made up to the Security Council.
Rakhine State issue is an internal matter and is a problem caused by illegal immigrants. But it is seen to be described as an international affair. There are medias that are describing this affair in a biased one sided way,” said Daw Khine Khine Hsu, a protestor.
She added that “Those who die in the Rakhine affair include Hindus, Ethnic nationals like Mro and Daingnet are also included. In fact Myanmar is being ethnically cleansed. If international media value human rights, they need to stand on the side of the truth. If they are concerned for humanitarian matter, look at the ethnic Rakhines and Hindus.”
U Myo Maung Maung Soe who participated in the demonstration said “Foreign countries should know the news as we heard. Some contain the truth but some have fake news. We are doing this (demonstration) as our country will be affected adversely if big foreign countries pressure our country based on the covered up news of the international media.”
Veteran journalist U Thiha Saw responded to Myanmar News Agency’s query saying that local media should also use journalistic techniques to discover the truth and to release them to the world timely in attempts to refute the wrong information of the international media.
“Purposely biased international media are feeding incomplete information on Myanmar’s issue and strengthening terrorism,” read a letter on the placard.