Myanmar rejects UN rights envoy's claim of attack
YANGON (AP) - Myanmar said a UN human rights envoy was well-protected during a visit to a city wracked by religious violence, brushing off his claims that police did nothing as a 200-strong Buddhist mob descended on his car, kicking the windows and doors and shouting abuses.
President Thein Sein's spokesman, Mr Ye Htut, said on Thursday that UN rights rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana was never in any danger.
Members of the crowd, he said, approached the convoy only to give him a letter and a T-shirt, "so what Quintana said is very different from the true situation."
Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million people, has been gripped by sectarian violence in the last year that has left more than 250 people dead and sent another 140,000 fleeing their homes. Most victims were Muslims.