1 dead, 4 injured in violence against Muslims in Myanmar

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Published in Asia
Thursday, 30 May 2013


one mulsim kill mayamarAt least one person has been killed and four others sustained injuries in fresh violent attacks by Buddhist extremists on Muslims in Myanmar.

The extremists on Tuesday set fire to Muslims' properties in the town of Lashio in the northeastern

The flare-ups in Lashio have raised questions that whether President Thein Sein's government was eager to contain the violence and crack down on racial and religious intolerance.

"Damaging religious buildings and creating religious riots is inappropriate for the democratic society we are trying to create," presidential spokesman Ye Htut said on his Facebook page. He said "two religious buildings and some shops" in Lashio were burned, without condemning the criminal act.

"Any criminal act will be dealt with according to the law," he said.

A local journalist also came under attack when he was photographing a mob ransacking some shops.

"The mob accused me of recording their act and asked me to surrender the camera. I handed over the memory card and I was hit on my head with an iron pipe, causing a gash on my head," Khun Zaw Oo said.

The extremists frequently attack Rohingya Muslims and have set fire to their homes in several villages in Rakhine. Myanmar army forces allegedly provided the fanatics containers of petrol for torching the houses of Muslim villagers, who are then forced to flee.

Rohingya Muslims have faced torture, neglect, and repression in Myanmar for many years.

The violence that originally targeted Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar is beginning to spread to other parts of the country, where Muslims who have been granted citizenship are now being attacked, according to the website burmamuslims.org.

Hundreds of Rohingyas are believed to have been killed and thousands of others displaced in recent attacks by extremist Buddhists.

Myanmar’s government refuses to recognize Rohingya Muslims as citizens.

About 800,000 Rohingyas in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine are deprived of citizenship rights due to the policy of discrimination that has denied them the right of citizenship and made them vulnerable to acts of violence and persecution, expulsion, and displacement.

The international group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders--MSF) said on May 28 that restrictions imposed by the Myanmar government on Rohingya Muslims prevents tens of thousands from getting health care and basic services in the west of the country.

Ronald Kremer, the aid group's emergency coordinator in Rakhine state, said in a statement published in New York City that the government was confining around 140,000 people to makeshift camps.

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Stores, a large mosque and an orphanage were reportedly among the places destroyed in the arson attacks by hundreds of Buddhist extremists.

Many Muslims stayed locked inside their houses and shops remained shuttered during the attacks.

"I never expected that such racial violence would erupt in Lashio," local politician Sai Myint Maung said. "Our small town is multiethnic and we have lived in peace for a long time."

The flare-ups in Lashio have raised questions that whether President Thein Sein's government was eager to contain the violence and crack down on racial and religious intolerance.

"Damaging religious buildings and creating religious riots is inappropriate for the democratic society we are trying to create," presidential spokesman Ye Htut said on his Facebook page. He said "two religious buildings and some shops" in Lashio were burned, without condemning the criminal act.

"Any criminal act will be dealt with according to the law," he said.

A local journalist also came under attack when he was photographing a mob ransacking some shops.

"The mob accused me of recording their act and asked me to surrender the camera. I handed over the memory card and I was hit on my head with an iron pipe, causing a gash on my head," Khun Zaw Oo said.

The extremists frequently attack Rohingya Muslims and have set fire to their homes in several villages in Rakhine. Myanmar army forces allegedly provided the fanatics containers of petrol for torching the houses of Muslim villagers, who are then forced to flee.

Rohingya Muslims have faced torture, neglect, and repression in Myanmar for many years.

The violence that originally targeted Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar is beginning to spread to other parts of the country, where Muslims who have been granted citizenship are now being attacked, according to the website burmamuslims.org.

Hundreds of Rohingyas are believed to have been killed and thousands of others displaced in recent attacks by extremist Buddhists.

Myanmar’s government refuses to recognize Rohingya Muslims as citizens.

About 800,000 Rohingyas in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine are deprived of citizenship rights due to the policy of discrimination that has denied them the right of citizenship and made them vulnerable to acts of violence and persecution, expulsion, and displacement.

The international group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders--MSF) said on May 28 that restrictions imposed by the Myanmar government on Rohingya Muslims prevents tens of thousands from getting health care and basic services in the west of the country.

Ronald Kremer, the aid group's emergency coordinator in Rakhine state, said in a statement published in New York City that the government was confining around 140,000 people to makeshift camps.

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