Burma communal riots spread outside Meiktila

Myanmar, Mar 25: About 300 people attacked a Masjid and destroyed shops and houses owned by Muslims in Oh The Kone town, about 50km from Rangoon, reports said.
 This comes after more troops arrived in Meiktila, where at least 30 people have reportedly died since Wednesday.
 An argument sparked violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the town.
 Aside from Oh The Kone, it was also reported that a Masjid was torched in Tatkone town, 80km from Meiktila, over the weekend. A Masjid and 50 houses were also said to have been torched in nearby Yamenthin town. It was not immediately clear who was behind the violence. No casualties have been reported from these towns so far.
 The violence in Meiktila, triggered by what reports say was an argument that started in a gold shop, has displaced at least 9,000 residents, according to reports.
 A local lawmaker told BBC Burmese on Friday that scores of mostly Buddhist people accused of being involved in the violence had been arrested by police.
 President Thein Sein, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the speaker of parliament's lower house on Sunday issued a joint declaration in the face of the deadly communal violence.
 The declaration calls for the rule of law to be restored in Meiktila, the rapid return home of thousands of displaced people and seminars and workshops on how to prevent further communal violence in the country.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST




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