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Students lead anti-Rohingya rally in Myanmar

Published on Oct 24, 2012 3:59 PM

YANGON (AFP) - Hundreds of Buddhist university students rallied on Wednesday against Muslims in a flashpoint city at the centre of communal tensions in western Myanmar, a protest leader told AFP.

The protest in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state, followed overnight violence in nearby towns as a fresh outbreak of unrest between ethnic Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya stretched into a third day.

At least three people died and hundreds of homes were torched on Monday in clashes between the two sides, according to officials, with a further 50 properties set ablaze on Tuesday morning.

Rakhine state witnessed widespread violence in June that left dozens dead, tens of thousands displaced and prompted rights groups to warn of a humanitarian crisis.

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