Update: At Least 5 Dead after Second Day of Clashes in Central Burma

About 300 Burmese security forces were deployed in the Muslim quarter Thiri Mingala in Meikhtila town, Mandalay Division, on Thursday to quell the deadly riots between local Buddhist and Muslims broke out the day before. For more photos click on the box below. (Photo: Teza Hlaing / The Irrawaddy )

RANGOON — A senior government official has confirmed that at least five people have died since communal violence erupted on Wednesday between Buddhists and Muslims in the central Burmese town of Meikhtila, with local sources saying the figure could be much higher.

President’s Office spokesperson Ye Htut told The Irrawaddy late Thursday that the number of confirmed dead was five—a figure that was earlier confirmed by sources in the town.

“The situation is still tense there and we’ve deployed between 600 and
700 police officers,” he said, adding that 39 people have been injured in the violence.

However, a senior officer at Meikhtila District Police Office told an Irrawaddy reporter that the bodies of 14 people who died during the riots were found “on the streets” Thursday morning.

Local sources also said that hundreds of people had clashed in the streets and several buildings, including two mosques, were destroyed. Riots continued on Thursday evening and  hundreds of people have reportedly fled the town, while several hundred Muslims were still stuck in the town center.

According to the police officer, as of 6 pm Thursday, inter-communal clashes continued across the town. He added that between 200 and 300 Muslim townspeople were near the town’s Police Station No. 2, where they were seeking police protection. Officers were trying to bring the group to safety, the policeman said.

In Meikhtila, a town located some 152 km south of Mandalay, a dispute between a Muslim gold shop owner and a Buddhist customer reportedly turned violent early Wednesday afternoon.

The fight attracted a large crowd and a brawl ensued involving about 200 people, who went on to destroy six shops starting around 2 pm, according to a report placed on the Burmese police’s Facebook page last night.

Police officers were deployed, but violence erupted again Wednesday evening and rioters destroyed and burned several buildings, including nearby mosques, the report said.

Win Htein, a National League for Democracy (NLD) MP for Meikhtila, said early Thursday afternoon that at least five people had died during the clashes and 27 people were seriously injured.

He said NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi had contacted local authorities, telling them to quell the violence as soon as possible. “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged the Mandalay Police Chief to take serious action as they’ve imposed a curfew. She said: ‘Don’t sit by and watch. Act in accordance with the law,’” according to Win Htein.

Staff at Meikhtila Public Hospital also told a reporter on Thursday afternoon that five people had died there as a result of the riots.

An officer from Meikhtila’s Police Station No.3 confirmed some of the events in a phone call with The Irrawaddy on Thursday morning.

“Two mosques and an Islamic religious school nearby were destroyed. A Buddhist monk and another man succumbed to their injuries at the hospital around 11 pm yesterday,” he said, without explaining how the two had been injured.

“Now we’ve imposed a curfew and everything is under control,” the officer said at the time.

A local resident said that despite the curfew and the increased security presence, the situation in Meikhtila remained unstable and tensions were mounting. He said some 1,000 people had gathered on Thursday morning to besiege the town’s See Khun Gyi quarter, where many Muslims live.

The resident, who declined to be named, said both Buddhist and Muslim residents feared the violence might spread through the town, adding that several hundred people had fled Meikhtila.

“We have to take away the children and women to some distant villages. We are extremely frightened now, so we are running out of the town,” said the man.

Leaders of the activist group the 88 Generation Students traveled to the town in order to find a way to quell the communal unrest.

Min Ko Naing, one of the group’s leaders, said in a statement that they are worried that religious and racial riots will spread to other parts of the country, as some people might seize on the incident to attempt to further inflame religious tensions.

Min Ko Naing also said local authorities should protect properties from the rioters and not just stand by and watch the riots unfold. “As there are human beings, there are problems. It is better to solve this conflict within the law,” he added.

According to Min Ko Naing, 10 people were being treated at the public hospital in Meikhtila Township for injuries sustained during the riots.

On Wednesday, the government reportedly immediately formed an investigation commission to find out what caused the riots. The commission is chaired by the Border Affairs and Security Minister and includes the Meikhtila District adminstrator, an MP as well as senior police officers from Meikhtila Districts and Mandalay Division.

The incident is the latest flare-up of inter-communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Burma. Since June 2012 there have been recurrent waves of violence between ethnic Arakanese Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in western Burma’s Arakan State, which have killed scores of people and displaced 110,000 villagers, mostly Rohingyas.

In recent months there have been several reports of inter-communal clashes in other parts of Burma, but no one was reportedly killed in these incidents.

 


59 Responses to Update: At Least 5 Dead after Second Day of Clashes in Central Burma

  1. How can these people be described as Buddhists? “Their actions are light years from Buddhist teachings.

    • Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, whatever the local mix, communal strife is a political weapon of governments and demagogues deployed to either mislead the people or divert attention from their own crisis and difficulties. Letpadaung comes to mind immediately, and Shwe Gas next in line (Myitsone was their political capital, a sacrifice offered to the gods of appeasement to make them look ready for democratisation and bring about detente with the West).

      They don’t care who gets hurt. You cannot put it past them blowing up the situation in the Arakan last year when the attack on the bus in Taunggup came out of nowhere in the wake of the rape murder incident.

      People and their community leaders must be wary and vigilant in not getting misled and fall into a trap. It is incumbent upon them to defuse in time flammable situations to avoid bloodshed and destruction of property, but most importantly to root out racial and religious animosity, not reinforce them by adding fuel to flame.

    • RSO leader held in Cox’s Bazar

      COX’S BAZAR: Police on Thursday held an ex-leader of banned Islamist outfit Rhingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) from Heela union under Teknaf Upazila in the district.

      The detainee was identified as Salahul Islam, director of Imam Muslim Islamic centre of the district.

      banglamail24.com/mar/2200 hrs, Mar 21, 2013

    • Gerry,
      Here is your answer – when ignorance is bliss it’s folly to be wise: Direct your questions to both sides for it takes two to tango; unless you are one of those who shadow dance.
      Here is some education – tolerance is not the badge of courage for Islam; whether it is in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe or even with it self. It is a serpent that shows it’s ugly head since 513 A.D. now that is a long time; I hope that you agree to disagree.

  2. Why is this still called interreligious clashes or violance between Buddhists and Muslims? In all reports of the recent months it is very clear that the Muslims are the victims here and the Buddhists are the aggressor. Hate monglers like Wirathu are still allowed to spread animosity and fear around the country. Instead of being called out for what tehy are, tehy are reverd by the masses. How should this ever end if no one recognizes the real root of this problem, or dares to speak out against it?
    It is not an inter-religious problem it is the racist and chauvinist mindset of those Myanmar Buddhists what is causing these problems. If it keeps unaddressed it will spread even more.

    • Your comment confirms the intollerance and prejudice of the Myanmar “Buddhists” (as other comments aölready stated there is nothing even remotely Buddhist about those people). If there is violence commited by Rakhines or Barmans, they are responsible for the violance, not the victims. Your society will have a long way to go to even remotely come close to a tollerant, democratic country.

    • If a burmese woman’s conversion into a religion of her husband is considered ‘forcible’, what would you consider Burman soldiers raping ethnic women and girls? Should it be called liberation in Burman characteristics?
      If a person who has lived in Burma since the colonial time and his/her offsprings are not considered natives, how long would you think they should have resided in Burma before they could be considered full-blood natives? Two centuries, perhaps?
      And do you care to elaborate on your definition of the term Buddhist institutions? If some Buddhist go into a roadside toilet to relieve themselves, does it become a Buddhist institution automatically because Buddhists have set feet in it?

    • You living in 21st century? Don’t talk rubbish. These are thugs
      and jealous bunch of Buddhist killing the minorities.
      Burma is becoming racist country of Asia. My English friends have cancelled their trip to Burma because of fear.

    • @Sander
      It can’t be accepted what you say. You are not well informed what is going on in Myanmar referring ISLAMIC EXPANSION. The trouble spot was/is Bangladesh combined with Islamic strategy. That has caused tremendous tensions among the Buddhist society in Myanmar. And that is understandable. Islamic people would be much more aggressive and fierceful if members of other religions would infiltrate their country. The definite provocation comes from the Islamic side.

      • @ German traveller
        Your information is very useful in judging the case of communal clash in Meitila. I like you say ” Islamic people will be much more aggressive if other religions would infiltrate their country”, That’s true and that’s their low life style. We are the proud Bama and we got big hearts. We don’t like to be Islamic but if we are struck, we will strike back. If we are wrong, we would apologize.

    • Dear Ma Sander,

      How can you judge Buddhist as aggressor?
      It pointed clearly Muslim shop owner and his assistant beaten up Buddhist customer. The customer was hospitalized from injury result of beaten by Muslim shop owner and his shop assistant.
      Could you please show me any race who are not racist?
      I can tell you first one you found out racist person is yourself. You’re pointing Myanmar Buddhist as aggressor and Muslim as victim even though obviously all communal riots started by Muslim.
      Buddhist or Muslim anyone who committed crime should be prosecuted by the law.
      Those Muslims who living in Meikhtila, Yamethin, Pyinmana and middle Burma are Burmese Muslim and not like illegal Bengali migrants in Rakhine State.

      “the racist and chauvinist mindset of those Myanmar Buddhists”
      I can tell you Muslim is worst peoples who follow worst fictitious Islam religion in the world if you’re trying to portray as bad peoples to Buddhist Burmese.

      Muslims are causing the all problems in the world. The Muslims killed Muslims for following difference Islam. Muslims come to live in other religion host country and they want to change the host country religion and culture. It calls racism and chauvinism of Islam.
      Yesterday, Muslims destroyed Church building in West Java, Indonesia. It happen almost everyday in Muslim countries.

      Meikhtila’s communal riot was started from shop owner and customer. If shop owner had beaten his customer first and then shop owner fault. It was not started by religion believe.
      It was mostly started by honesty and shop owner’s trade practice. If Shop owner treated customer with respect and trade with honest and then there will not be argument and fighting between Shop owner and customer.
      The problem is they do not go to Police Station and sorting out by within law.
      On the other hand, they do not trust Police and so those peoples take the law in their own hands. Now they have to deal with law.
      That’s why Daw Su is telling we need Rule of Law in Burma and the Law we can trust.

      I hope you will avoid insulting other religion and it followers in future. You shouldn’t insult other ethnics without merit.

      • Dear Sai lin Kan , Here I agree with u again .We are Buddhist and without insulting other religious as what we understanding.Burma is majority of Buddhist and most of the Burmese(Including ethnics) are born with forgiveness, kindness But beyound the limit Burmese will act revenge and sacrifice for the people whose bullied by some one regardless of religious.I believed in what you have been mansion earlier that shop owners beaten to coustomers.I realised in Burma most of the Muslims shop are never sell the goods in right values. They will be start making the trouble If you ask for discount , burgain and return(The thing that turn out to be fake or not correct with the value) .They always lookdown to Burmese .I don’t really talk about it but let the wourld know about what kind of behavior in Burmese Muslims.Muslim people are still survive in Burma because Burmese people’s understanding.Right now situation is bad and only need to stop . As you mansion stop insulting each other and approach to Government that Goverent must act quickly with True law and order.I hope the situation will over soon.

        • Are you saying that this type of behavior is only seen in Muslim shop owners/sellers and all Muslim shop owners behave like this? This shows that you are racist. Most of them survive and are successful not because of your understanding but because of their hardworking and diligence.

      • Dear Sai Lin Kan
        Beating , arguing , shouting and scolding each others is happening from time to time in Burma. Why is it escalated to be religious clash? Sai should address the real reason of escalation instead of who ( Muslim of Buddhist) hit first. Do you want to say that if Chinese hit first, kill all Chinese in Burma? Supposed Muslim shop owner hit the Buddhist men first , do you want to say that you are right to kill all Muslim in Burma? You do not blame the behavior of shop owner but you blame the shop owner’s religion. You know how to write English but according to your educational standard , you are out of track now upon this issue. If Burma have many such kinds of people, like than shwe, all minorities , particularly ethnics are in danger forever. If Buddhist and minority-Muslim are in war in Burma, i am sure Buddhist will win. It is common sense to bear in mind so why some naive Buddhists make use of this incident to bullying and killing weaker, minority Muslim. If you want to blame someone in this incident, blame those naive Buddhists. Do you believe that Muslim shop owners started to shouting the slogan of Muslim and Buddhist war in this incident? If that shop owner shouted this incident as religious war, that owner was attempting suicide in this town because of less of Muslim population. it is logic but let see what than shwe and thein sein will say. Therefore, every religious or racial clash , Bama will destroy and kill more other minorities and other parties so it not urgent to send troop ( all know there is a big bama army near Meikhtila), like Nargic incidence. If Burma is less and less population, killed by than shwe, than shwe is more easy to control Burma. If Muslim are in the more refugee’s camps , than shwe will get more donation from rich Muslim country. Because most donation can not reach directly to Muslim refuges according to rule of bama law.
        Now, the root of the clash is due to the world most poorest Burmese in the world. Than shwie and thien sein is killing, robbing ethnics, killing monks , consolidating their power and private army ( Khin Nyunt appearing) , favoring their cronies, being lack of implementing effective social , economical ,heath and education policy, making use ( keeping busy )of DASSK for their survival, playing the game with China, US and EU, forcing bamanization , dishonoring panlong agreement with thousand of promises, faked peace agreement, preparing to cut the throats of foreign investors with the sky rising prices of properties and industrial lands. All above make Burmese people more poorer and poorer now. Burmese people have no place to displace their anger and dissatisfaction. Most Burmese dare not to displace their anger on than shwe because than shwe is and was the most cruel bama military thugs to kill monks, Muslim, own bama and all ethnics. It is very dangerous that than shwe is playing the game with China and USA to creating battle, killing fields in Burma so as than shwe will re-instate himself anytime with his private army. Than shwe is trying to become bama national hero due to his bamanization because G-Aung san is rubbish to design and sign Panglong agreement with ethnics so the process of democracy and rehabilitation of Burma needs another 50 years. We, all need to wait indefinitely for “the change” from the help of Obama. The gas pipe lines for naive China are already completed in Burma so China must be careful in dealing with upper hand of than shwe because than shwe can destroy those pipe lines anytime with the names of all ethnics. Or let busy DASSK clean those messy things to prolong the tempo for than shwe’s long survival.

      • I do not agree with you Sai Lin Kan. Now what we are talking is entirely about bama buddhist chauvinists in Burma itself. You should not drag what’s happening to muslims in other parts of the world. Whatever differences in religions of the shop owner and the customer are, the issue is the disagreement between the seller and the buyer, not religious one. If the customer is not satisfied, he/she should report it to the police. He/she should not turn it into religious conflicts…

      • Mr. Sai,
        Do you really know the root cause of this violence? Beating up customers seems so difficult to me to believe. Lets say the beating happened, and why should unrelated Muslims be targeted? Sending all your family members to death chamber for your son’s crime will never serve justice. I do not believe shop owners beat their customers. Animosity between two religions and hatred between two ethnics clashed in Burma. This time, Buddhists have uglier image than the Muslims.

      • Mr.kan in which era are you in..do you lost your head ? Do muslim have a history to incite riot in myanmar.? As the world knows that behind each and every riot buddhist terrorist monks are involved..these buddhist extremist wants to eliminate muslims from myanmar..but this will never materealize ..muslims are in myanmar wants peace but you buddhist terrorist don”t want peace with muslims..the buddhist idiot police force merely watching the rioters to kill muslims.. If they have guts try to kill those terrorist monks ..

    • It is impossible for a majority belief to convert into minority belief. Your fear is being exaggerated. We have thousands of Buddhist years in Burma and the Muslims are only recent comers. We are deeply rooted in our own belief system/culture/tradition and our religion can not be taken away over night.Don’t worry about that. How many Burmese women are being married to the Muslim a day?? At any rate, to go to the riots for this reason is not justifiable. I will agree if you say we like to bully the minority.Yes, the truth always hurts.

  3. This has NOTHING to do with religion it has to do with Racisim. Myanmar people hate Indians & Arabs…. period. It’s a Fact. They care nothing about Islam or other religions,

    • You’re right, unfortunately. Burmese are really obsessed about skin colour and facial features. Just look at all these ads in the magazines and the entertainment industry. Everyone trying to look like a ChinKo (Chinese/Korean). No more Win Oo types LOL
      Sometimes, I’m not so sure whether there is some sinister master plan behind all these ugly violent racial incidents (especially the one that started near Kyaukphru where the new Chinese naval base is to be located)

  4. This is law and order issue. If something happens, people shouldn’t be involved with violence. This is a police case. People in Myanmar regardless of religion or races have no respect to the laws nowadays. This is a very crucial difficulty to build a democracy nation. That’s why DASSK is urging the people and the government to abide the laws. She is absolutely right. Without law and order, Myanmar will never be a stable country free from fear.

    • Khin Zaw (@) Ginwalla

      I totally agree with you. They all gang up because they dont work. These are not pure Burmese Buddisht. They are orchestrated by military thugs. As soon as they get opportunity they target these shops and start looting. The worshipping places gets razed.
      Arms are well prepared. The young monks takes part now a days. The junta policy is such that in this case any comment made by DASSKyi will back fire to NLD. So take advantage now and junta win the next general elections.

  5. Does ASSK has a chance when she say for right:’…..“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged the Mandalay Police Chief to take serious action as they’ve imposed a curfew. She said:…” ‘Don’t sit by and watch. Act in accordance with the law,’” as only the NON Action in June 3rd in Taunguk by all Police ans Government as well at 8th June. 2012 by Nasaka Colonel Aung Kyi in Maungdaw and later the very weak handling of Rakhine Government and Union Home Ministry lead only to all the further tragic events nothing else,- people which were tight up by MI or others for 40 years believe in such cases they are free and right to do what they want if no one shoots and it is sad but still the only language many Myanmar simple crowds understand – as the Rakhine stopped once the first were shot by army in October. It is to early for soft handed politics in Myanmar.

  6. The picture of raped Rakhine Girl was all over Myanmar from the most remote Island town of Kaynimaw which no one knew before, No internet there but possible than in NO Time o stir up Taunguk people and have crowd of 200 kill innocent by passers under the eyes of the Police & Home Ministry. No one made than a picture to see how did the slaughter , at Gwa Road check point later 130 strong men from near Kyaukse central Myanmar were caught on the run. Now we have again a crowd of 200 and I would be happy to see all online pictures of the people which killed and burnt others in Meikthila yesterday — sure there are on I phones so easy to find out if they are again from near Kyaukse – central Myanmar.

  7. Does ASSK has a chance when she say for right:’…..“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged the Mandalay Police Chief to take serious action as they’ve imposed a curfew. She said:…” ‘Don’t sit by and watch. Act in accordance with the law,’” as only the NON Action in June 3rd in Taunguk by all Police ans Government as well at 8th June. 2012 by Nasaka Colonel Aung Kyi in Maungdaw and later the very weak handling of Rakhine Government and Union Home Ministry lead only to all the further tragic events nothing else.

  8. People which were tight up by MI or others for 50 years ( first 30years with full support of Germany, USA, England, Italy, Jugoslavia, Israel, France to Gen Ne Win and his inner war machine ) believe in such cases like Meikthila they are free and right to do what they want if no one shoots and it is sad but still the only language many Myanmar simple crowds understand – as the Rakhine stopped once the first Rakhine were shot dead by army in October. It is to early for soft handed politics in Myanmar.need to handle to issues,– old timer make trouble and people not able to handle conflicts well

  9. The riot started when the two Buddhist customers were beaten up by Muslim gold shop owner’s family members in a sales dispute. What ever was the reason behind the dispute, it was the shop owner’s family members who broke the law first. The Irrawaddy’s failure to mention it in it’s report may misled the Muslim readers around the world.

  10. Buddhists finally tired of being murdered, raped, abused, beaten, monks killed, treated as ‘dhimmis’ etc…same things Muslims do the world over whenever they have the numbers to do so. And Muslims think no one will do anything about it, well, they thought wrong in Myanmar it seems.

  11. maung Kyaw Nu,a former political prisoner of conscience

    The death toll is many times more than BBC report as 10 Muslim killed. Daw Suu intentionally halted Army deployment at this one sided killing.Meiktila is a strategical center to reach thousands of army within hours to combat any kinds of tread. How can 30 policemen control the big mob from starting day? Wirathu has been organizing this massacre since June 2012. The Thien Sein gov knows it very well .Daw Suu including NLD have been silence since genocide on Rohingyas and Kachin for a long times.
    These racist groups make Burma as a killing flied .The late strongman bred these racists .They are strong every corner in the country. In Arakan,Dr Aye Chan,Dr Aye Maung ,Aye Thar Aung ,Khine Soe Naing and Mra Razar Linn are remarkable racist leaders.They always support the military dictators to finish the Rohingyas and other Muslims in Burma.Some fake Monks are behinds them.This hatred philosophy destroys the lovely peaceful coexistence of the country.
    They history will not forgive the racists!

  12. Please read the story carefully. It started with two elder local Buddhists were bully by muslin shop keepers. The way they treated them was cheating, bullying and dishonest way to doing business which will not be accept in any civilized countries. I think, that is how Burmese people have learned that muslims are like fox, clever, dishonest and dangerous as we learned real fox are dangerous. It is any living beings’ nature not to associate and careful with dangerous adversaries.

    It seem like prejudice, but it is true for them and it is also a rights of a person to dislike people who are clever and dangerous. We choose who we like. You choose who you like. If you do not like some people, you do not love all the people, they also have rights to dislike certain kind of people. I think it is fair.

    • Khin Zaw (@) Ginwalla

      Where is the law and order Rakhine? So you are insulting one of the freedom fighter of Burma, U Rashid(pbuh). He was a Muslim and was murdered with General Aung San(father of the Nation). Was he a fox? I met many Burmese girl in Muslim countries Dubai, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, who are working and supporting their familys in Burma.
      Are these Muslims known as dangerous. Burmese soldiers are daily raping and killing Kachins, Karens and Shans. You can name them as foxes in the jungle.
      In Islam and in Buddhism religion, we are taught not to criticize any religion or hurt their feelings. And a civilized person will never use such low remarks and languages. Remember one thing….What goes around comes around.
      Do we need 50 more years of military rule. Did u forgot 88 massacre by Buddisht military
      who killed hundreds of its own innocent citizens.

  13. If these voilence carries on then nobody will sit and watch for long. We should think our about our fellow citizens who are earning their bread and sending home millions from Gulf Muslim countries and also from Malaysia. How would we feel if they treat us bad and beat us.
    Thein Sen is a weak guy. Only NLD can save Burma from becoming a racist state.
    The bad image of Burmese corrupt military will never improve. Why UN is quite. Where are the democratic Western world? Who is the terrorist? Any answer Mr. Obama and Mr. Bankimoon?

  14. Thousands of people gave up their life to built the nation,this thus are destroying the nation.Counter measure for anarchy is military rule,not in the name of democracy.

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  16. This is the test for authorities too. They fail the test. Especially, authorities from Mandalay Division. If they cannot handle this one, how can they handle bigger issue or violence?

    At the same time, the rule of law is almost non-existent there in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi said something to quell the violence but the ruling party has proved its uselessness.

  17. Noble eight fold Path for the Buddhists: Right view, intention, speech, action, livelihood, effect,mindfulness, and right concentration. The monk holding an iron rod appeared on the photo is unacceptable. Are they really monks? Monks are not supposed to be mean and audacious.

  18. I would dare to say all these are set up by the military regime and their uneducated extremists. If they want to control, look at 62, 88, 96, 07 and many other examples. But Burmese being Burmese, always follow the crowd without understanding. So sad for the victims.:-(

  19. You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.

  20. Khin Zaw (@) Ginwalla

    Some comments are bias and against Muslims. In mid 60s when Burmese Buddhist massacred innocent Chinesen, burnt them alive torched and looted their businesses, who was responsible. Were there Muslims? Now these thugs are after Muslims. Because they cannot bully China anymore. Mandalay is under chinese control.
    Burma should not follow Israel, orelse will be known as aggressors.
    Military is fully involved.

    • Dear Khin Zaw
      You are wrong that somebody are dared to blame on China for this current issue.
      I am very surprised that Derek and hpmaungmaung in other forum are blaming on China for this deadly religious conflicts between Muslim and Buddhism. I am not sure why it happens but Derek told about incident in Pawn shop. Pawn shop’s license is sold by government so nobody knows how much Pawn shop is cost to get license. If all are corrupted, Pawn shop’s license is not in the reasonable value and it costs more and more. All the properties and industrial lands are in the sky rising price in Burma. The cronies and ex-armies companies who owns all lucrative businesses and lands , are waiting to cut the throats of the foreign investors. Ultimately , all the cost will go to the poor Burmese. Foreign investors except naive China, will not come in to give their throats to cut by those opportunistic ones. Naive investors, China went and goes to than shwe and his connected shops. I am worry that the next riot might be aiming to Chinese ethnics because the majority of people are very poor in Burma. Those poor have no place to express their anger and dissatisfaction. DASSK has no military power. Than shwe and min aung laing are still killing Kachin and are going to kill all ethnics step by step with his private army. DASS is persuaded to be in their ( than shwe) circle. Burmese economy is still in the bad shape although there are a lot of promises and projects. This and that will come but will be long and long.
      I am sure to say that the root of the problem is due to the world most poorest country, Burma. The cause is not due to China, Thailand, Singapore and North Korea. If than shwe opens and opened his shops , there is and are greedy and naive buyers around the world to come in to deal with cruel fox than shwe. Now, than shwe changed his shop name and his shop was sold to thein sein with zero dollar( no military power). China is now in the position of helpless child in Burma with holding the large amount of paper businesses ( payment receipts without lucrative goods ) from than shwe shop. China proudly said and says that they ( their policy) will not interfere anythings about Burma. It means Than shwe can do or can kill anybody what he likes in Burma for the sake of China or USA or DASSK or his private army.
      In Burma, still there is no concrete, effective, feasible economic policy to rebuild the country from than shwe, and thein sien bama military government. Thein sein has to visit and visit and beg and beg oversea for foreign investments.
      Then, in the condition of unrest, than shwe’s private army will need to control again Burma so the new and more cruel bama military thugs will be born again and again very soon. Thein sein needs to delay to clear up all riots in Burma with the order of than shwe. For issuing curfew , Burma needs the important of military’s role as well as polices-controlled by army man.
      Derek and hpmaung maung should glance your faces ( than shwe and thein sein) from the mirror respectively first before you both say that they ( rich China , rich Thailand, Nuclear weapon owner-North Korea , rich Singapore ) are ugly. If both of you sincerely want to help some naive Burmese people, do not stir up again the sino/burmese clash. You might know that China is the next future giant , like USA if China develops smoothly in all aspects. China has already warned that death of one Chinese citizen will cost you a lot ( death sentence in China to the Burmese convicts who killed Chinese killers). Please, Be patient to China as well as Muslim-minority. It is up to both of you whether you both are patient to than shwe and thein sein or military powerless DASSK for their promises. However, do not displace your angry to future gaint China and let it to sleep well.

  21. Clearly this is the work of North Korean infiltrators. Is it time to bring back Than Shwe and Khin Nyunt At least then the uneducated mob was kept in check. Thein Sein has the muscle and can take control of the situation. Suu Kyi can go and collect another medal. Meanwhile….

    The Gold and the Green….

    Salam

  22. North Korean Headlines

    Myanmar UNstable investors pull out.

  23. HISTORY!
    The Buddhist King built Mosque for Muslim Minister,
    Muslim Runners,Fighters and Soldiers.
    To-Day!
    Mosques Burning and Killing!
    What will Buddha Say?
    Un-Buddhist!

  24. The problem began with shopper and shop keeper,not between Buddhists and Muslims.If some one broke the law,law enforcement will handle according to law. NO ONE HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE THE LAW IN THEIR OWN HAND.

  25. All Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Christians should get out of Burma. We worshipped ancestors, spirits, planets and trees for thousands of years before you lot came along and forcibly converted us all. LEAVE NOW!!

  26. In Myanmar, everywhere Muslims lose their basic human right at all.
    News are not transparent, one sided
    all such events were pre-planned
    the leader who did such events didn’t show his face in front of public
    most of followers to do such events are uneducated
    they are trying to hide the fact that Muslim community are living in Myanmar for hundred of years ago
    Muslim in Myanmar never interfere in any event which are not related with them
    They hate Muslim without any reasons..because they are majority they bully minority
    In Myanmar,,no justice, no law and order, no basic human right

    • Right on Waiyan. Muslims are also human being. We should be ashamed of ourselves to say that we are “Buddhists”. All Buddhists should be kind enough and follow the eight fold paths. Right thinking, right action, and right etc….Buddhism has been hacked!!!! Sigh.

  27. Most comments are right, from their narrow view of course, some are wider and see behind the scenes,- still we do not know. Of Course Dr Aye Maung in his last month s press statements on religion issues ousted himself as a NON Democrat, more looks there as a Neo Nazi – Goebbels style,- but his commends on the Monywa issue were well done so it shows that he has a good part, just a problem when it comes to religions. I know him well and be always surprised how many faces he has, as he can be also very gentle. Many Myanmar must be still total idiots, while they believe Muslims are so bad and tricky, – why than need to go in a Muslim Gold shop in Meihthila ??? Fake Clients ??? Why Burmese Buddhists do not set up Gold Shops instead of waiting to be killed ???

  28. NLD members and youth leaders are behind every anti-Muslim disturbance. They have formed a group of 100 vigilantes. The leaders are Dr San Hlaing, Mai Pa (woman), Tin Myo Naing, Thiha (released from Putao prison), and Tin Ko Ko (MP U Win Htain’s personal assistant). These people are absconding and U Win Htain says he does not know their whereabouts. In the recent NLD intra-party regional elections, a Muslim woman leader was elected by 61 votes but was barred from taking her position.

    Residents of Muslim neighbourhoods were evacuated under the protection of Buddhist youths who are their neighbours. They raised their hands in the photo to show that they are unarmed.

    Further details will be sent to me from the affected people themselves.

    (Please note that his is not an attempt to smear the NLD but to reveal what is behind the disturbances. You may substantiate this from other sources).

  29. I am very surprised that some are blaming on China for this deadly religious conflicts between Muslim and Buddhism. I am not sure why it happens but one told about Pawn shop. Pawn shop’s license is sold by government so nobody knows how much Pawn shop is cost to get license. If all are corrupted, Pawn shop’s license is not in the reasonable value and it costs more and more. All the properties and industrial lands are in the sky rising price in Burma. The cronies and ex-armies companies who owns all lucrative businesses and lands , are waiting to cut the throats of the foreign investors. Ultimately , all the cost will go to the poor Burmese. Foreign investors except naive China, will not come in to give their throats to cut by those opportunistic ones. Naive investors, China went and goes to than shwe and his connected shops. I am worry that the next riot might be aiming to Chinese ethnics because the majority of people are very poor in Burma. Those poor have no place to express their anger and dissatisfaction. DASSK has no military power. Than shwe and min aung laing are still killing Kachin and are going to kill all ethnics step by step with his private army. DASS is persuaded to be in their ( than shwe) circle. Burmese economy is still in the bad shape although there are a lot of promises and projects. This and that will come but will be long and long.
    I am sure to say that the root of the problem is due to the world most poorest country, Burma. The cause is not due to China, Thailand, Singapore and North Korea. If than shwe opens and opened his shops , there is and are greedy and naive buyers around the world to come in to deal with cruel fox than shwe. Now, than shwe changed his shop name and his shop was sold to thein sein with zero dollar( no military power). China is now in the position of helpless child in Burma with holding the large amount of paper businesses ( payment receipts without lucrative goods ) from than shwe shop. China proudly said and says that they ( their policy) will not interfere anythings about Burma. It means Than shwe can do or can kill anybody what he likes in Burma for the sake of China or USA or DASSK or his private army.
    In Burma, still there is no concrete, effective, feasible economic policy to rebuild the country from than shwe, and thein sien bama military government. Thein sein has to visit and visit and beg and beg oversea for foreign investments.
    Then, in the condition of unrest, than shwe’s private army will need to control again Burma so the new and more cruel bama military thugs will be born again and again very soon. Thein sein needs to delay to clear up all riots in Burma with the order of than shwe. For issuing curfew , Burma needs the important of military’s role as well as polices-controlled by army man.
    Some who blame China, should glance their own faces ( fox and tricky faces of than shwe ) from the mirror respectively first before someone say that they ( rich China , rich Thailand, Nuclear weapon owner-North Korea , rich Singapore ) are ugly. If you all sincerely want to help some naive Burmese people, do not stir up again the sino/burmese clash. You might know that China is the next future giant , like USA if China develops smoothly in all aspects. China has already warned that death of one Chinese citizen will cost you a lot ( death sentence in China to the Burmese convicts who killed Chinese killers). Please, Be patient to China as well as Muslim-minority. It is up to someone whether you all are patient to than shwe and thein sein or military powerless DASSK for their promises. However, do not displace your angry to future gaint China and let it to sleep well.

    • You’re right. Everyone in Burma should now be worried about not discriminating against the “rich helpless Chinese”. Hey, I’d also rather be a rich Chinese or American than a poor stupid Burmese farmer or migrant worker (with an ugly dark-skinned face like me?) exploited by Westerners, Chinese, Muslims, Koreans, Singaporeans, Thais, Japanese, Arabs or even by these Burmese junta generals and their cronies with their “foxy faces” (you said it!) . I am so scared now of everything: “chinese giants”, “muslim invaders”, “american neo-colonists”, “singaporean banks”, “korean gangnam style culture”, what else?
      LOL

      • Dear andamanoge
        I understand your feeling and suffering. You and we all are in the same boat for suffering but we can not blame our parents why they give and gave birth us in Burma, the richest nation, country in Asia before Ne win. Than shwe is now using the survival strategy so i do not want you to be trapped in his dirty trick. Than shwe first creates anti-China, then anti-Rohingya and anti-Muslim. Than shwe knows his miserable fate because than shwe is the most cruel bama king to kill monks, own peoples and all ethnics. Than shwe wants all Burmese people to kill each others to create a racial as well as religious clash as possible as he can. Than shwe is not interested in rebuilding Burma he destroyed Burma to be the world poorest country. Than shwe wants all Burmese , particularly monks weaker and weaker by killing each others. Than shwe does not want us to be rich , like Chinese people to revolve him.

        Than shwe is very confident that he can make use of DASSK, China and USA from his gambling and his low class soldier’s mind set and education. Than shwe think China’s UN veto card is no longer useful for him with the promise of joint military exercise with US army from Obama. China might press than shwe do not kill Kachin anymore so than shwe’s bamanization ( bama hero) is started to fail now. Therefore, than shwe makes use of Buddhisinization to let Burmese killing each others to be weaker and weaker. As such, than shwe does not need to allow speedy democracy in Burma for his long standing curfew in Burma by min aung laing. Than shwe will soon receive direct donation from rich Muslim countries under the rule of bama law.
        Irrawaddy U Aung Zaw wrote about the possible systematic plan of than shwe to create racial clash in Milktila. Believe or not. It is up to you but you should read it for your regaining calm analytical mindset to reach the right track. I told you all that very earlier but Aung Zaw has proofs or witnesses. Be considerate and be strong as a brave Burmese. Our days will come if we all are united.

  30. I wonder if your website would consider not having a comments section for articles which obviously invite inflammatory “comments” to be made. Have you noticed that most websites of quality broadsheets in the west do not allow comments for sensitive subjects.

    • Too bad. The more traffic to a website, the more revenue the website can generate from ads. This in turn enables those who run the websites to hire writers from more diverse background. If you don’t like the blunt opinions which may or may not touch on your conscience, you can always choose not to read the article.

  31. Khin Zaw (@) Ginwalla

    Stephanie, do u know well about Burma. Have u read Irrawaddy media news? Burmese soldiers are raping and killing Kachins, Karens and Shans. Are the Burmese fed up of doing this? Yesterday I was told through reliable sources that a Muslim orphanage school was burnt into ashes. Orphans girls and boys were beaten and burnt. Does these teaching comes from Buddism.
    I totally agree with 2nd Rangoon, that King Thibaw( Buddisht) built a lodge in Makkah( Saudi Arabia) for Muslim pilgrims. I myself stayed there for a week and got photos with me.
    Than Shwe is still running the country and military is fully involved in these madsacre.
    Oppression is injustice. Hope we dont get another punishment from God like NARGIS
    Tsunami?

  32. Long story short, Whatever happening in Burma today is the process of changing our country into a new modern society. We are learning all potential dangers ahead of us and we must use every precautionary measure to prevent future tragedy. I hope 88 generations group can come out and do something outstanding to show us that they are capable politicians. This is an opportunity for them to shine. Let’s hope that everyone can think cohesively to solve the problem.

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