Fresh violence in Rakhine state as Burma leader visits

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Fresh violence in Rakhine state as Burma leader visits

Post by Admin » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:20 am

Burmese President Thein Sein is visiting Rakhine state amid a fresh outbreak of sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims.

Police say a Muslim woman was killed on Tuesday, and many homes set alight.

The latest clashes appear to have been caused by a row over a parking space.

Tension between the two faith groups has risen in the past few years. Violence which broke out in June 2012 left nearly 200 people dead and thousands displaced.

This unrest has since spread to other parts of the country.

Houses burned
The latest violence appears to have started after a Buddhist taxi driver near the coastal town of Thandwe complained he had been verbally abused by a Muslim.

This triggered attacks against property, and then physical attacks.

"An old woman was killed during the clashes and houses were burned," a police official told the French news agency AFP.

Thein Sein spent Tuesday in another part of Rakhine state, which contains many stateless Rohingya Muslims.

Muslim and Buddhist communities remain largely segregated in the wake of last year's violence, with many displaced Rohingya Muslims living in tents or temporary camps.

Source: BBC

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Re: Fresh violence in Rakhine state as Burma leader visits

Post by Admin » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:36 am

Sectarian bloodshed grips Myanmar
Sectarian bloodshed has forced women and children to flee to forests in western Myanmar after Buddhists have killed at least five Muslims.

Security forces patrolled villages on Wednesday in Rakine State, where more than 800 Buddhist rioters torched homes and attacked local Muslims a day before.

"We are doing all of this just out of our desire to protect our own religion, because we heard that a Muslim man in Thandwe abused Buddhism,” one rioter told Al Jazeera.

The violence left at least four men and a 94-year-old woman dead, a police official said.

Full Story: Aljazeera

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Re: Fresh violence in Rakhine state as Burma leader visits

Post by Admin » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:36 am

482 made homeless and 114 houses destroyed in Thandwe violence
At least 482 people were made homeless and 114 homes were destroyed from the Thandwe violence that was brought to an end after week-long of intensive clamp down by the authorities, according to officials.

The Thandwe violence which started on the evening of September 29 and ended on October 4 in Rakhine State also claimed five lives and injured five others, officials said.

In addition to the destroyed houses, three religious buildings and a petrol godown were burned to the ground by rioters.

Full Story: Eleven

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