The genocide being carried out in Burma (Myanmar) has been in the news but didn't receive proper (fair) media coverage. The woes of the Rohingya people, a Muslim community in a Buddhist-majority country, are not being addressed the way they should be despite of the fact that they have been declared as one of the most persecuted communities of the world by the United Nations.
Hactivist group ‘Anonymous’ on Sunday launched a Twitter firestorm called “Operation Rohingya (#OpRohingya)” that aims towards highlighting the Rohingya issue. They have endeavoured to bring this matter to the international level since the western media is much more focused on recent democratic reforms introduced in the country, including the release of the political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, and how this can be seen as a ray of hope.
The good news is that ‘Anonymous’ has been successful in it’sefforts. It were trending number one on Twitter in the U.S. on Sunday, No.3 in U.K. and in the top ten worldwide. Moreover, many Myanmar government websites were also attacked by denial-of-service (DDOS), reportedly by ‘Anonymous’.
A video was also released on YouTube regarding Anonymous’ campaign to express solidarity with the persecuted people of the Rohingya community:
Here are some of the reactions from people on Twitter who got an idea about the situation in Myanmar after Anonymous’ initiative:
And just to be clear, not all Burmese Buddhists are to blame. A minority of them. #OpRohingya— Zab (@zabmustefa) March 24, 2013
Even more Twitter storms are being planned:
Operation Rohingya (#OpRohingya) can serve as a lesson to mainstream news channels who have so far kept the Rohingya genocide in the dark. If you have anything to say about the issue feel free to comment and spread the word.