Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014
Asia
 

Myanmar Buddhists threaten death to Muslims in Mandalay unrest

Published on Jul 4, 2014 7:02 PM
 
Tin Tin Kyaw (third right) cries near the body of her husband Soe Min, a 51-year-old man who was killed in a recent riot, at a mosque in Mandalay on July 3, 2014. Hundreds of Buddhists threatened to kill Muslims as they rode on motorcycles through Myanmar's second-largest city of Mandalay on Friday, July 4, 2014, raising the prospect of further communal violence after two people died in unrest earlier in the week. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANDALAY (REUTERS) - Hundreds of Buddhists threatened to kill Muslims as they rode on motorcycles through Myanmar's second-largest city of Mandalay on Friday, raising the prospect of further communal violence after two people died in unrest earlier in the week.

Inter-religious violence has flared throughout the country over the past two years, threatening to undermine political reforms initiated by the quasi-civilian government of President Thein Sein, which took office in 2011 following 49 years of repressive military rule.

At least 240 people have been killed and more than 140,000 displaced since June 2012. Most of the victims have been members of Myanmar's Muslim minority, estimated to be about 5 per cent of the population.

Around 300 Buddhists were riding around Mandalay on Friday, many of them wielding knives, clubs and bamboo poles.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here

Videos