Myanmar hard-line Buddhists protest citizenship for Rohingya

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Hard-line Buddhists walk through a street during a protest march against the government's plan to give citizenship to some members of the Rohingya minority community in Sittwe, Myanmar, on Sunday. (AP photo)

SITTWE, MYANMAR - Hundreds of hard-line Buddhists in a Myanmar state wracked by religious violence protested Sunday against the government's plan to give citizenship to some members of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority community.

Rakhine state's dominant Arakan National Party led the protest in Sittwe, the state capital, where many Rohingya lived before an outbreak of inter-communal violence in 2012 forced them to flee their homes.

"We are protesting to tell the government to rightfully follow the 1982 citizenship law and we cannot allow the government giving citizenship cards to these illegal migrants,'' said Aung Htay, a protest organiser.

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