Inside the Rohingya Resistance: The rebels who provoked Myanmar's crackdown
Updated 0502 GMT (1302 HKT) February 3, 2017
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Hong Kong (CNN)Walking barefoot, armed with knives, sticks and a few stolen guns, dozens of young men march through the muddy fields of Myanmar's Rakhine State.
- The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority in Myanmar's Rakhine state thought to number about one million people
- Myanmar does not recognize them as citizens or one of the 135 recognized ethnic groups living in the country
- Much of this is rooted in their heritage in East Bengal, now called Bangladesh
- Though many Rohingya have only known life in Myanmar, they are widely viewed as intruders from across the border
- According to Human Rights Watch, laws discriminate against the Rohingya, infringing on their freedom of movement, education, and employment
- They are denied land and property rights and ownership, and land on which they live can be taken away at any given time