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1,000-strong Burmese Buddhist Mob Burns Muslim Homes and Shops


1,000-strong Burmese Buddhist mob burns Muslim homes and shops

Fresh sectarian violence struck north-western Burma yesterday when a 1,000-strong Buddhist mob burned down dozens of Muslim homes and shops following rumours that a young woman had been sexually assaulted by a Muslim man, the police said.

A crowd surrounded the police station late on Saturday and then went on an hours-long rampage after authorities refused to hand over the assault suspect, a police officer from the area told the Associated Press.

About 35 houses and 12 shops – most belonging to Muslims – were destroyed before calm was restored, he said. There were no reported injuries.

The radical monk Ashin Wirathu, whose anti-Muslim rhetoric has placed him at the centre of rising religious violence in the predominantly Buddhist nation, posted news of the riot in the outskirts of the town of Kanbalu on his Facebook page.

Burma has been grappling with sectarian violence since the country’s military rulers handed over power to a nominally civilian government in 2011.

The unrest – which has killed more than 250 people and left 140,000 others displaced – 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 the country, fuelling deep-seeded prejudice against the Islamic minority and threatening this country’s fragile transition to democracy.

Almost all of the victims have been Muslims, often attacked as security forces stood by.

Myint Naing, an opposition politician who represents constituents in Kanbalu, was outraged by the latest violence. He said Muslims and Buddhists have lived side by side in the area for many years.

“There is a mosque in almost every village in our township and we live a peaceful co-existence,” he said as he headed to the scene, adding that at least one mosque was burnt down in the violence.

“I cannot understand why the authorities were unable to control the crowd when it originally started,” he said.

Details about the riot were still being collected yesterday. The local Daily Eleven newspaper, which had a reporter at the scene, said 1,000 people were involved in the violence.


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  • samwolf78

    Arent Buddhists supposed to light themselves on fire when there pissed off about stuff.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    If your source is a website that’s been known demonize Muslims, and spread easily debunked paranoid conspiracy theories, than we will judge you as a bigot, either that or ignorant. That website has spread nonsensical conspiracy theories such as the idea that Muslims are taught to lie to none Muslims in the form of “taqiyya.” I know some people who have debunked that idea who are actually highly critical of Islam themselves, and they would never use that site as a source. At least two of them are Ex Muslims, neither of which particular like the faith they abandoned.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Far from me to defend everything in the Qur’an or hadithes, or the bible for that matter or any other book people regard as sacred, but you can’t reasonably expect us to believe that Islam is such a major threat to humanity, just because of some passages in their holy books. Also, you can’t judge how Muslims today based on whatever Mohammad did or did not do when he was alive

  • Christian-Friend

    The funny thing is you and your pals can’t ban Islam, because that’s unconstitutional! isn’t it great! 🙂

  • Christian-Friend

    of course you follow thereligionof

  • Christian-Friend

    Trolling is easy isn’t?

  • golden izanagi

    wow clever response never have I been told to stick my head up someones ass for that here is a round of applause

  • Megan Choi

    Wrong. I’m an atheist. Christianity/Judaism/Buddhism etc. are all far from perfect/ideal, but they don’t offer nearly the threat to the world that Islam does. If you can’t see it, then stick your head back up Camel Mo’s ass.

  • golden izanagi
  • Tanveer Khan

    Let me guess… any chance of you actually reading the article Ilisha linked is zero?

  • Megan Choi

    Let me guess…any link critical of Islam will be deemed meo-Nazi/far-right…anyone with anything vaguely bad to say about Islam is a bigot/pig-lover…not hard to see where this is going…

  • Tighe McCandless

    “I say leave the post up, so that is contrasts the intelligent conversation. Down vote too, but don’t respond…”

    I broadly agree with you. But I’m not quite so sure about not responding. It’s true that they likely won’t listen or care (“you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink,” as the saying goes), but I think the issue is somewhat deeper than whatever counter jihad type comes shambling through from time to time. Granted – nothing in ayisha’s post was intelligent at all, but the ones who are more well-spoken, or at least willing to be coherent and type more, are much more dangerous.

    I’d say it’s not necessarily for the benefit of ourselves, but more so for the other lay people who might be passing through. I’m not sure it looks good when people such as LibertyPhile or GuestofGuests come through, make outlandish claims and then don’t get called out for it. To someone who doesn’t ‘get’ LW, it very much looks like we won’t or can’t respond.

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