Small indoor programs are allowed, say senior government officials
The Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar camps will not be allowed to assemble outdoor to observe the fourth anniversary of their exodus to Bangladesh for security reasons and the ongoing pandemic, senior government officials concerned told Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday.
On August 25, 2017, a brutal Myanmar military campaign, aided by local Buddhist mobs and miscreants from different ethnic groups, forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas to flee their homes in Rakhine.
“The government has made clear that no outdoor programs will be allowed to mark the day,” Additional Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner based in Cox’s Bazar Mohammed Moazzam Hossain told this correspondent.
The senior official, however, said: “If anyone wishes, they can hold small indoor programs,” he said.
When contacted, Anwar Hossain, deputy inspector general of the Chittagong range of Bangladesh Police, said: “We are careful. Our personnel, deployed in the camps, will make sure that there is no breach of discipline.”
About the reasons for not allowing any outdoor gathering, senior law enforcement officials of Cox’s Bazar district cited the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and security issues.
A huge rally within the camps on August 25, 2019 caused a stir in the country and prompted the government to take some security measures, including suspension of 3G and 4G internet service within the camps. The suspension on the use of high-speed internet has been lifted after quite a while.
Since the incident of 2019, the government has been strict about Rohingyas organizing programs.