At least 10 dead in Myanmar riots: MP

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NZ Sports

At least 10 people have been killed in riots in central Myanmar, an MP said Thursday, prompting international concern at the country’s worst communal unrest since a wave of Buddhist-Muslim clashes last year.

Huge plumes of black smoke were seen rising above the town of Meiktila after buildings were set ablaze in a second day of fighting in the previously peaceful area, where a night-time curfew was imposed.

Several mosques were reported to have been torched.

The United States said it was “deeply concerned” by the unrest, which according to police erupted on Wednesday after an argument in a Muslim-owned gold shop intensified and caused about 200 people to fight in the streets.

Win Htein, a member of the opposition National League for Democracy party, said he had seen bodies at the scene of fresh clashes Thursday.


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10 Replies to “At least 10 dead in Myanmar riots: MP”

  1. It takes a lot to fuck a Buddhist off. After all, if anyone can seriously claim to be the ‘Religion of Peace’, they can.
    I wonder what riled them, was it Christians, Jews, Hindus or Sikhs? Nope, it was those funny Muslims again.
    It just goes to show that wherever Muslims go, trouble is sure to follow.

  2. Mosques torched. Good
    They should deport the lot. But I bet our masters in the West will move heaven and earth to make sure the Muslims are looked after. Coptic Christians murdered, not a whisper.

  3. blindguard

    Christians are being persecuted everywhere not just Egypt. Right across the Muslim world (all of them), then in countries such as Shri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Vietnam and SE Asian countries with the exception of Thailand.

    BTW, Shri Lanka and other SE Asian countries are nominally Buddhist, yet Christians are persecuted. We tend to get our impression of Buddhism from the Dalai Lama. He is peaceful because there is no option except that when facing the Chinese. However, historically Tibetans are not non-violent.

  4. Myanmar town in state of emergency with 20 dead

    Myanmar declared a state of emergency Friday for a riot-hit town where 20 people have been killed in Buddhist-Muslim violence that has sparked fears of spreading unrest.

    Swathes of Meiktila, located 130 kilometres (80 miles) north of the capital Naypyidaw, have been reduced to ashes as the authorities struggle to establish control after three days of clashes and arson.

    “At least 20 people have been killed. We estimate that it could be higher but it is also difficult for us to gather all the figures,” a police officer who did not want to be named told AFP.

    The president’s office said the state of emergency would enable the military to help restore order.

    The situation was extremely tense on Friday with groups of men — including Buddhist monks — armed with knives and sticks prowling the streets. Many of the town’s Muslim residents have fled their homes.

    A journalist saw the incinerated remains of two victims on a roadside, just one of several reports of bodies in the town, as flames raged from torched mosques and houses while other buildings smouldered unattended.

    “The situation is getting worse,” a local resident said. “People are destroying buildings. Many people have been killed. We are scared and trying to stay safe at home.”

  5. Very good DP the Buddhist have a history of violence that is similar to that of Europe.

    There are already a lot of refugees from Burma in Bangladesh, now there should be more.

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