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Myanmar sparks fear with non-Muslim police

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med civilians fighting militants in Myanmar. These fresh recruits learning martial arts, later they'll be carrying guns. Brand new feet on the ground in the war on what the government calls Rohingya Muslim militants from Bangladesh blamed for a recent string of insurgent attacks.>> I feel sad the fighting's happened here to our people, I want to help solve this problem and also serve the country.
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>> The government is building a militarized police force in the divided Rakhine region. They say more guards are needed to patrol the border with Bangladesh. Reuters' Wa Lone visited the area and says ethnic and religious tensions may spike as a result of the militarization.>> There are young men like 18 to late 20s people.
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They have a very low education. They live in a rural area across the Rakhine. They are concerned on the Muslims are trying to assault to the Buddhist communities and they are invading to the land and they're trying to save their land. That's why they wanted to protect to the land, they enter into the police force.
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>> Rights group accuse security forces of murder, rape and burning down homes in their search for Muslim militants. Saying the militarization plan is ripe for abuse against the Rohingya.>> Injecting poorly trained people with weapons into a situation of intense ethnic tension doesn't seem like a good idea.
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>> Some Buddhists in Rakhine are criticizing the police training saying it's poor and doesn't make them feel any safer. They say they're fearing for their lives, afraid that a Muslim attack could come at any time.