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State Capital: Rohingya and Conflict-Free Zone

state capital: Aung Htay, a protest organizer, said any citizens would be welcome in the state, according to CBC. But if these people don't have the right to be citizens ... the government's plan for a conflict-free zone will never be implemented, he said. The protest took place in Sittwe, the state capital, where many Rohingya lived before an outbreak of inter-communal violence in 2012 forced them to flee their homes. Myanmar doesn't recognize Rohingya as an ethnic group, instead insisting they are Bengali migrants from Bangladesh living illegally in the country. CBC INVESTIGATES Did the UN ignore warnings of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya in Myanmar More than 580,000 Rohingya from northern Rakhine have fled to Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when Myanmar security forces began a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages. Rohingya are excluded from the official 135 ethnic groups in the country and denied citizenship. ( As reported in the news.