Jan 19 2014
Just the latest backlash from the natives (Buddhists) against the ongoing violence, rape, and chaos caused by the minority Muslim population, who are doing what they have done in so many non-Muslim countries before. NOT THIS TIME! Buddhists have learned their lesson from places like Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh, about what happens when you don’t stop Muslims before it’s too late.
FOX Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million people, has been grappling with sectarian violence for nearly two years. More than 240 people have been killed and another 250,000 forced to flee their homes, most of them Rohinga Muslims from the western state of Rakhine.
The northern tip of the state, where Tuesday’s violence occurred, is home to 80 percent of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. The region is also one of the most isolated in the country, with access to foreign journalists and humanitarian aid workers almost always either denied or heavily restricted.
Chris Lewa of the Thailand-based Arakan Project, said details about the violence in Du Char Yar Tan village were still emerging, with many conflicting reports. The death toll could be anywhere from 10 to 60, said Lewa, whose sources range from a village administrator to witnesses. One described the slashed-up bodies of three acquaintances — two women and a 14-year-old boy — found in their homes.
Tensions have been building in the region since last month, when monks from a Buddhist extremist movement known as 969 arrived and started giving sermons by loudspeaker advocating the expulsion of all Rohingya.
One resident said by phone that an initial flare-up followed the discovery of three bodies in a ditch near Du Char Yar Tan village by several firewood collectors. Believing they were among several Rohingya who went missing after being detained by authorities, they alerted friends and neighbors, who returned with their cellphones to take pictures, said the man, who works as a volunteer English teacher.
That night, five police officers went to the village to confiscate the phones and check family lists, but the crowd turned on the officers, beating and chasing them off, said the man. The police returned at 2 a.m., saying one of the officers had gone missing, accusing villagers of either abducting or killing him.
That triggered a security crackdown.
Lewa said her sources reported that Rohingya women and children had been hacked to death, but the numbers varied widely. That some of the victims appeared to have been stabbed with knives, not shot or beaten, “would clearly indicate the massacre was committed by (Buddhist) Rakhine villagers, rather than the police or army,” the Arakan Project wrote in a briefing Thursday.
The English teacher said 17 women and five children were killed. Another resident put the toll at 11.