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Video Shows Police Standing By as Violence Wracked Meiktila

22 April 2013

Video obtained by the BBC shows police officers standing idly by as rioters attacked minority Muslims in Meiktila Township last month. Muslim-owned homes and businesses are seen being looted and destroyed, and in one clip police look on as a man is left to burn in the street. The violence killed at least 43 people – most of them Muslims – and was set off by a dispute on March 20 that took place between Buddhists and the Muslim owners of a gold shop. Authorities finally managed to bring the situation under control after three days of rioting in the region.