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Buddhists torch Muslim homes in Myanmar

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by layman, Aug 25, 2013.

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  1. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    YANGON, Myanmar: Fresh sectarian violence broke out in northwestern Myanmar late Saturday when Buddhist mobs burned down dozens of homes and shops following rumors that a young woman had been sexually assaulted by a Muslim man. There were no reports of injuries.

    Myanmar's radical monk Wirathu, whose anti-Muslim rhetoric has placed him at the center of rising religious violence, said on his Facebook page that hundreds of people took part in the riot on the outskirts of Kantbalu.

    A crowd surrounded the police station demanding that the suspect be handed over, said a police officer from the area, who asked not to be named because he did not have authority to speak to the media. When police refused, they started setting buildings on fire, he said.

    About 35 houses and 12 shops — most belonging to Muslims — were destroyed before calm was restored, he said.

    Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million people, has been grappling with sectarian violence since the country's military rulers handed over power to a nominally civilian government in 2011.

    More than 250 people have been killed — most of them Muslims — and 140,000 others forced to flee their homes.

    The unrest began last year in the western state of Rakhine, where Buddhists accuse the Rohingya Muslim community of illegally entering the country and encroaching on their land. The violence, on a smaller scale but still deadly, spread earlier this year to other parts of Myanmar and has stirred up prejudice against Muslims.
     
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    arun.id Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Great news. Atleast someone's really serious about the cleaning up.
     
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  3. Rock n Rolla

    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    The polarization between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims is at dangerous levels & rumours can spark another wave of riots. I think Myanmar govt must make their stance clear on the issue...intervening only when the violence occurs is not good, what Myanmar needs is a long term solution.
     
  4. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    If two communities cannot co-exists, then there can be no solution viable. But It not in the interest of Juntas to entertain these Rohingya muslims, henceforth they are allowing them to be trashed.
     
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    Intervening only after the deed is done is actually the govt. making its stance clear. That they want the muslims out.

    Myanmar is soon going to be a muslim free nation. England also with their strict anti-immigration policies and new police-state measures is preparing for a crackdown.

    America doesn't allow muslims to immigrate to them. And monitors every muslims in their nation through cameras, and especiallywith cameras on masjids and labelling everyone who goes there a potential terrorist.

    Soon all these scum will be put back where they came from- the desert.

    But what about our country??
     
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    Re: Buddhists torch Muslim homes in MyanmarMyanmar Muslim families hide in forests

    Terrified Muslim families hid in forests in western Myanmar on Wednesday, one day after fleeing a new round of deadly sectarian violence that erupted even as the president toured the divided region. The discovery of four bodies brought the death toll from the latest clashes up to at least five.

    Tuesday’s unrest near the coastal town of Thandwe, which saw Buddhist mobs kill a 94-year-old woman and four other Muslims and burn dozens of homes, underscored the government’s persistent failure to stop the sectarian violence from spreading.

    Rights groups say President Thein Sein, visiting the region for the first time since clashes flared there last year, has done little to crack down on religious intolerance and failed to bridge a divide that has left hundreds of thousands of Muslims marginalised and segregated, many of them confined by security forces in inadequately equipped camps for those who fled their homes.

    Mr. Sein arrived in Thandwe on Wednesday, the second day of his visit to Rakhine State, and was to meet religious leaders from both communities.

    While Mr. Sein has condemned the violence in Rakhine State before, critics say his security forces have not done enough to contain it. They also say his government has failed to crack down on radical monks who have instilled hatred and fear of the nation’s Muslim minority, arguing they pose a threat to Buddhist culture and traditions.

    In a message to religious leaders that ran in Myanmar’s state-run newspapers on Wednesday, Mr. Sein said the sectarian unrest threatens the government’s reform process “and tarnishes the national image internationally.â€

    “The constitution of Myanmar fully guarantees freedom of religion as the fundamental right of citizens,†Mr. Sein said. “We all should never misuse this noble idea of freedom of religion, or use it as a springboard for any kind of extremism or for fuelling hatred.â€

    Mr. Sein has been widely praised for overseeing an unprecedented political opening in the Southeast Asian nation since the army ceded power two years ago to a nominally civilian government led by retired military officers.

    Even with a boosted security presence, unrest engulfed several villages in the Thandwe area a day before the President’s arrival. Witnesses said soldiers and police made no efforts to step in to try to stop Tuesday’s violence.

    In Thabyuchaing, about 20 km north of Thandwe, more than 700 rioters, some swinging swords, took to the streets, police officer Kyaw Naing said. A 94-year-old Muslim woman died from stab wounds in the clashes that followed, the officer said, adding that between 70 and 80 houses were set on fire. Another officer, however, said only 19 homes were burned.

    Thandwe township police confirmed on Wednesday that the bodies of four Muslim men were in the village.

    A Muslim resident of Thandwe, Myo Min, said a small mosque in Kyikanyet, about 40 km from Thandwe, was burned by attackers on Tuesday night. Police said they were trying to confirm that report.

    Myo Min said he was concerned about the safety of families who fled Tuesday’s violence. Many families in Thabyuchaing, he said, fled into forests when their village was attacked.

    “Many of them, including women and children, are still hiding, and they are cornered and unable to come out,†Myo Min said. “They need food and water, and Muslim elders are discussing with authorities to evacuate them or send food.â€

    Smouldering buildings and three injured Buddhist Rakhines were also seen by The Associated Press in the nearby village of Shwe Hlay. A police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity because he did not have authority to talk to the media, said the village of Linthi also was hit by rioters. Both villages are about 30 km outside of Thandwe.

    Sectarian clashes that began in Rakhine in June 2012 have since morphed into an anti-Muslim campaign that has spread to towns and villages nationwide. So far, hundreds of people have been killed and more than 140,000 have fled their homes, the vast majority of them Muslims.

    Most of those targeted in Rakhine State have been ethnic Rohingya Muslims, considered by many in the country to be illegal migrants from Bangladesh, though many of their families arrived generations ago. But in the latest flare up this week, the victims were Kamans, another Muslim minority group, whose citizenship is recognised.

    Muslims, who account for about 4 per cent of Myanmar’s roughly 60 million people, have been the main victims of the violence, but they have been prosecuted for crimes related to the clashes far more often than members of the Buddhist majority.

    A statement issued on Wednesday by the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar expressed deep concern about the reports of violence, and urged the authorities “to respond quickly and decisively to the violence to help protect all the region’s residents and their property†and bring to justice those responsible for the attacks.

    “Most importantly, we call on religious and civil society leaders, and all citizens throughout the country, to stand against continued violence targeting Muslim communities, and to promote understanding, mutual respect and peaceful co-existence among all people in this diverse country,†the statement said.

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    very true
     
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    Buddhist mobs attacked Muslim neighbourhoods in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine State on Tuesday, killing at least four people just hours before a planned visit to the area by the President.

    “Four people were reported dead and 50 more were injured by this evening,” said a police officer in Thandwe, about 270 km northwest of Yangon.

    The mobs also burned down at least 100 houses and shops in villages neighbouring Thandwe city, he said.

    “We can’t get the exact number of dead and injured now,” said Win Myaing, spokesman for the Rakhine State government. “We are trying to restore order,” he said by phone.

    Buddhist mobs started setting fire to Muslim houses and shops in five villages around Thandwe on Tuesday, and police failed to contain it due to a lack of personnel, the police officer said.

    Thandwe is situated more than 100 km south of Sittwe, the capital of the Rakhine State, which was the scene of bloody sectarian fighting last year that claimed at least 167 lives and left 140,000 homeless, most of them Rohingya Muslims.

    Last year’s violence was aimed at the Rohingya Muslim minority group, a stateless people who have been living for generations in the three northernmost townships of Rakhine, which borders Bangladesh.

    Tuesday’s violence appeared to be directed against Rakhine Muslims who are Myanmar citizens, sources said.

    Trouble started in Thandwe on Saturday after a Buddhist taxi driver complained to police about being verbally abused by a Muslim shop owner for parking in front of his establishment.

    Police took the Muslim in for questioning.

    When he was released, Rakhine Buddhists became enraged and pelted the man’s house with stones, according to police reports.

    At least two houses were burned down in Thandwe on Sunday night, Mr. Myaing said.

    The renewed sectarian tensions in the Rakhine State came hours before Myanmar President Thein Sein was due to arrive in the restive state for the first time since taking office in March 2011.

    “President Thein Sein will arrive in Sittwe this evening and plans to meet ethnic Rakhine members of parliament tomorrow,” Mr. Myaing said. “He may also visit the refugee camps.” Myanmar is a predominantly Buddhist country, where Muslims account for an estimated 10 per cent of the population of 60 million.

    4 killed in fresh spate of violence in Myanmar - The Hindu
     
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  10. S K Mittal

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    exactly.
    boye ped babool ke, aam kha te khaye.
     
  11. layman

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    These ethnic violence is showing dirty face in the world arena, If they can come into a agreement to keep these skirmishes down then Burma will make greater strides in world arena.
     
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    what's wrong with this world
     
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    just one thing.... too many humans
     
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