But several Muslims interviewed by the AP complained that officers refused to classify them as Rohingya, declaring that “the Rohingya do not exist.” One man said he was beaten after refusing to sign a form identifying himself as Bengali.
“Being Bengali means we can be arrested and deported. It means we aren’t part of this country,” said Zaw Win, one of the Muslims who had been interrogated. “We are not Bengali. We are Rohingya.”
Associated Press writers Aye Aye Win and Yadana Htun contributed to this report.