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Police Charge 93 People for Thandwe Violence

28 November 2013

Police have charged 93 “instigators, rioters and masterminds” for their alleged involvement an outbreak of violence in Thandwe, Arakan State, in late September that left at least seven people dead, according to the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper. Seventy-one people are still at large in connection with the violence, which took place from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 and saw scores of Muslims’ homes burned by Buddhist mobs. The violence was reportedly triggered by the rape of a Buddhist woman by Muslim men several months prior. Two men were convicted of the rape on Oct. 21 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.