7 dead in religious rioting in western Myanmar; gov’t says troops opened fire, calm restored

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       By Associated Press, Updated: Saturday, June 9, 5:30 AM

YANGON, Myanmar — Security forces in western Myanmar had to open fire on rioters who burned hundreds of homes in sectarian violence that killed at least seven people, state-controlled media reported Saturday, adding that calm had been restored.

The rioting reflected long-standing tensions between Buddhist residents and Muslims, many of whom are considered to be illegal settlers from neighboring Bangladesh. Although the root of the problem is localized — centering on resentment of the alleged cross-border outsiders — there is fear that the trouble could spread elsewhere because the split also runs along religious lines.

Saturday’s television report announced that troops reinforced police in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships in Rakhine state, where the mobs rampaged. The state-run newspaper Myanma Ahlin said security forces opened fire to restore order. A dusk-to-dawn curfew was applied and public gatherings of more than five people banned.

According to the television report, seven people were killed and 17 wounded in Friday’s violence. It said 494 houses, 19 shops and a guest house were burned down.

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5 Replies to “7 dead in religious rioting in western Myanmar; gov’t says troops opened fire, calm restored”

  1. Napoleon said that God is on the side with the most cannons, moral right is on the side that wins the war, they are the ones who decide what is moral.

  2. This seems to be their No.1 Tactic : Some go in the Legal way,then help the rest get in the illegal way,and when they think there is enough of them,they cause trouble and try to evict the local People,then,they blame the other side for starting the trouble in the first place,and that is what is happening straight throughout Europe,how come our Polititians can’t see this.????

  3. Because to see it would mean admitting that their socialist policies are failures, the left never admits their programs and policies are failures they just throw more money at them.

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