Oct 2 2013
God Bless the Buddhists, they are dealing with the Muslim jihadist problem by themselves and thankfully, the Myanmar government isn’t interfering.
And before you start boohooing for the Muslims, check links at bottom.
AP Terrified Muslim families hid in forests in western Myanmar on Wednesday, a day after fleeing new sectarian violence that erupted even as the president toured the divided region. Buddhist mobs killed a 94-year-old woman and four other Muslims and burned dozens of homes in unrest Tuesday near the coastal town of Thandwe.
The government has failed to stop the sectarian violence from spreading since it first erupted last year, killing hundreds of people and forcing many thousands to flee their homes. Some rights groups accuse the government of tolerating, or even abetting, what they describe as ethnic cleansing directed against the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar, also known as Burma. (We certainly hope so)
They say President Thein Sein, who is visiting the region for the first time since clashes flared there last year, has done little to crack down on religious intolerance and failed to bridge a divide that has left hundreds of thousands of Muslims marginalized and segregated — many of them confined by security forces in inadequately equipped camps for those who fled their homes.
Critics say his security forces have not done enough to contain the violence, and that his government has failed to crack down on radical Buddhist monks who have instilled hatred and fear of the Muslim minority, arguing they pose a threat to Buddhist culture and traditions. (They DO, just as they do in every non-Muslim country they infest)
“The president is the most responsible person in the country. Up until now, when Muslim people have been killed, their property destroyed, he’s been silent,” said Hla Sein, a 54-year-old Muslim man. He blamed ultra-nationalist Buddhists for sowing divisions between Buddhists and Muslims who until now have been living peacefully together. (No, they haven’t. Muslims have been raping and killing Buddhists. This is payback)
Two of his cousins’ houses were burned down a day before Thein Sein’s arrival. Witnesses said soldiers and police made no efforts to stop the violence that afflicted several villages. In Thabyuchaing, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Thandwe, more than 700 rioters, some swinging swords, took to the streets, police officer Kyaw Naing said.
A 94-year-old Muslim woman died from stab wounds in the clashes that followed, the officer said, adding that between 70 and 80 houses were set on fire. Another officer, however, said only 19 homes were burned. Thandwe township police confirmed Wednesday that the bodies of four Muslim men were found in the village.
Sectarian clashes that began in Rakhine in June 2012 have since morphed into an anti-Muslim campaign that has spread to towns and villages nationwide. So far, hundreds of people have been killed and more than 140,000 have fled their homes, the vast majority of them Muslims.
Most of those targeted in Rakhine state have been ethnic Rohingya Muslims, who are illegal migrants from Bangladesh. But in the latest flare-up this week, the victims were Kamans, another Muslim minority group, whose citizenship is recognized.
Muslims, who account for about 4 percent of Myanmar’s roughly 60 million people, have been the main victims of the violence, but they have been prosecuted for crimes related to the clashes far more often than members of the Buddhist majority.