Gov’t calls for calm after western Myanmar clashes


Note by The Sail:

Yesterday evening, Arakan state high ranking authorities held a meeting with both side of leaders in Sittwe City Hall and advised to halt further confrontation. The authorities conformed it will bring into account for those 10 Burmese Muslims brutally killed in Taungup by Rakhine terrorist gang.

However, from the past three days villagers are awaked every night to check Rakhine people’ aggression. Authorities also confine Rohingya villagers within the villages and patrol at least two hours during the night. Ironically, the authorities did not impose any restriction against aggressor Rakhine people and patrolling is not operating 24 hours therefore there is still possible attacks by Rakhine people.

On last Monday night, thousand of Rakhine people plus some monks approached Nazi village and tried to destruct ancient Foktoli Mosque and attacked some villages. But it was broke away by government armed forces after Rohingya villagers coming out to protect the village and mosque..

There are still on going harassment and furious tension in Tandwe, Kyawnimaw, Mrauk Oo and Kyauktaw where muslims are very minority.

Radical Rakhine people became more stronger since members of Arakan Liberation Party entered into the state. Historically, it’s being Rakhine people’ nature that they are just awaited to attack against Rohingya in every possible occasion.
Now, their racial hatre explore upon even other Burmese muslims despite the past massacre pogroms in 1942, 1949 and collaboration with government operations in 1968/78, 1978 and later of 1991 were took place only against Rohingya community.

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Gov’t calls for calm after western Myanmar clashes

Source from AP, 4 June 2012

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s government warned against "anarchic" activities Monday after 10 Muslims were beaten to death in an area known for sectarian conflict and a dozen other people were injured in a confrontation with police.

Both events took place Sunday in Rakhine state in northwestern Myanmar, a remote area where Buddhist and Muslim relations are strained, sometimes to the point of violence. State television warned that legal action will be taken against those who broke the law.

The report said 300 people stopped a bus carrying Muslims from a religious gathering, dragged out the 10 occupants, beat them to death and burned the vehicle in Taunggup, 300 kilometers (180 miles) north of Yangon.

It said some anti-Muslim pamphlets had been distributed in Taunggup relating to the rape and murder of a young Rakhine girl last month, allegedly by three Muslim youths.

Ethnic conflicts are a major cause of instability in Myanmar, mostly involving sizable minorities along the eastern and northern borders seeking autonomy who battle against the government.

In remote Rakhine, along the frontier with Bangladesh, tension between Buddhist residents and Muslims — exacerbated by religious differences — is often strained. The majority of residents are Buddhists from the Rakhine ethnic group, while there is also a large number of Muslims in the area particularly in northern Rakhine state.

Separately, the television report said a mob besieged a police station to demand the release of a man they believed had been arrested in a market dispute. Twelve people were hurt and police detained nine people in that incident in the Rakhine state capital Sittwe, 500 kilometers (300 miles) northwest of Yangon.

The report said police used smoke bombs to clear out the crowd after several hours after twice failing to disperse the crowd by firing shots in the air. Residents reported hearing many gunshots, but the authorities said the 12 injured people had suffered cuts and bruises.

The incidents were earlier reported — without much detail — on the website of the information ministry, which was launched Monday. The reformist government of elected President Thein Sein is eager to display its openness as it seeks to attract foreign investment after years of isolation.

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other related sources

In Burmese Kyaymon newspaper it quotes "ten muslim kalar killed"

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However, it was not used inNew Light of Myanmar newspaaper….

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