Friday, 22 March 2013
Several mosques torched, while two Buddhists were burned to death in new Buddhist-Muslim clash. Via

“The source of the conflict remains murky. But both local police sources and Muslim activists agree that it all started with an argument between a Muslim gold-shop owner and Buddhist customers on Wednesday morning. From there, the stories diverge. A police source cited by Radio Free Asia says the shop owner broke an item belonging to the customers, leading to a brawl; Muslim activists, citing local sources, say the customers tried to sell the shop owner fake gold. Either way, the dispute quickly drew a crowd that attacked the goldsmith’s store as well as other Muslim-owned businesses.
Rioting continued during the night and into Thursday, with plumes of smoke rising around the town; a curfew declared by the authorities was evidently ignored. Several mosques were reportedly torched.
Police say that at least two of the confirmed dead are Buddhists, one of them a monk. An AFP photographer who was able to visit the town Thursday said he saw at least three burned bodies and houses on fire.
According to MP Win Thein, who hails from Meikhtila and belongs to the opposition National League for Democracy party, there are about 30,000 Muslims in the township, out of about 80,000 total residents.
Muslims represent about four percent of Burma’s population, according to the last census.”
Two people died and several mosques were destroyed in central Myanmar, police said Thursday, March 21, in the worst riots since Buddhist-Muslim clashes rocked western Rakhine state last year.
Around 200 people fought in the streets after an argument in a Muslim-owned gold shop turned violent in the town of Meiktila on Wednesday, March 20, according to a post on Myanmar Police Force’s Facebook page.
The dead, who included a Buddhist monk, died after suffering severe burns, it said.


Zimri said...

This one brings to mind PJ O'Rourke's saying - "Even a band of angels can turn ugly and start looting if enough angels are unemployed and hanging around the Pearly Gates convinced that all the succubi own all the liquor stores in Heaven."

Orwell was wise to recommend that the British leave Burma alone . . .

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