On Thursday, Myanmar’s navy arrested two boats carrying 167 (87 women and 80 men) Rohingyas off the coast of Ayerawaddy region, when they left for Thailand and Malaysia.
The group of 167 Rohingya originated from Rakhine state. They traveled in boats called Thuta Kyaw and Zeya Aung and were sailing northwest from Hainggyikyun in Ayeyarwady region, some pro-army channels on the messaging app Telegram reported. Junta navy warship 553 caught the boats while patrolling the area.
Navy officials took the arrested Rohingya to an unknown location from Hainggyikyun police station, said a local close to the junta council administration. Their whereabouts is still unknown.
Similarly, on Monday, the officials detained 21 Rohingya men and women from Done Paik area of Rathedaung after they (Rohingyas) entered Rakhine from Bangladesh refugee camps for Malaysia.
On Oct. 27, junta officials arrested another 38 Rohingya enroute to Malaysia. The boat was caught near Ah Ngu Maw village in Rakhine’s Rathedaung township. The following day, the group was taken to Sittwe police station to be prosecuted, according to a press release from the junta-controlled Rakhine Daily Telegram page.
“This leaving is normal and there is no way to stop it. People are going in droves, although they know the way is deadly,” a Rohingya from Sittwe said, asking to remain anonymous. “About half of those who left have arrived. But there is absolutely no way to stop it. Because it’s difficult to live here – job scarcity and unemployment, no freedom. And people are leaving because the resentment is growing day by day.”