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Local people in Myanmar's restive state upset that government-run station has Bengali language programs

Hostile reception for Rohingya radio broadcast in Rakhine

Anti-Rohingya hard-line Buddhist monks and supporters rally outside Yangon's Thilawa port as a Malaysian ship carrying relief aid for Rohingya Muslim minority arrived on Feb. 9. Anti-Rohingya protests opposing a Rohingya language radiobroadcast have also occurred in the troubled state of Rakhine. (Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP)

John Zaw, Mandalay

February 16, 2017

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Members of a predominantly Buddhist ethnic group in Myanmar's troubled state of Rakhine have demanded a radio station stop broadcasting in Bengali, the language used by the Muslim Rohingya.

Ethnic Rakhine rallied against the government-run, Rohingya language FM radio station, which first hit the airwaves in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships in northern Rakhine state on Feb. 1.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in several townships on Feb. 10, holding placards emblazoned with slogans saying that it was unacceptable for May Yu FM to broadcast in Bengali.

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