Police accused of provocation in Burma violence

Police accused of provocation in Burma violence

Police accused of provocation in Burma violence

Updated 25 October 2012, 21:19 AEDT

A Burmese Muslim politician says local police in Burma's Rakhine state are instigating violence between Rohingya Muslims and other community members.

The National Democratic Party for Development's head of political affairs, Abu Tahay, said 12 Rohingya villages have been affected by the violence, with many Rohingya people forced to abandon their houses.

"Only the military personnel tried to protect the Rohingya people, but not good enough, to protect these innocent people," Mr Tahay told Radio Australia's Asia Pacific.

Mr Tahay says local Buddhist Rakhine, as well as Bengali Rakhine and members of the Arakan Liberation army, have burnt down Rohingya houses at several locations.

He says members of the Arakan Liberation Army hope to establish an independent nation "without the Muslim community."

"They don't want to establish a sharing and caring society, between these two communities," Mr Tahay said.

Mr Tahay says Burma's politicians are divided between those who want to resolve the conflict, and those who "believe in racism."

He says Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has an obligation to act as the daughter of the country's "national hero", General Aung San, who in 1947 declared that Rohingya Muslims were Burmese nationals.

"I may be in Yangon (Rangoon) but I have, almost every hour, contact with the families of these sufferers - everywhere," Mr Tahay said.

"Then they can show themselves all Islam and Muslims are not extremists.

"They're the peace-loving people in the world."