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Fire at Rohingya Muslims refugee camp in Thailand kills 42

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Fresh clashes between extremist Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar erupted late on March 20, 2013.

Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:23AM GMT


A blaze at a refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar in northern Thailand leaves at least 42 people dead and dozens injured, the provincial governor says.


"The latest death toll we can confirm through military walkie-talkies is 42," Mae Hong Son provincial governor Narumol Paravat told AFP on Saturday.

 


The official added that the death toll from Friday’s fire was likely to increase further as rescue workers are searching the area.

Hundreds of Myanmar’s Muslim residents have fled their homes following the eruption of fresh clashes between extremist Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Meiktila, located some 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of the capital city of Naypyidaw.

At least 20 people have lost their lives in clashes late on Wednesday after extremist Buddhists set fire to several Masjids in the city.

Following three days of deadly unrest, Myanmar President Thein Sein on Friday announced a state of emergency in the town of Meiktila.

Myanmar’s government refuses to recognize Rohingya Muslims as citizens and labels the minority of about 800,000 as “illegal” immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh.

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Source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/03/23/294849/42-rohingya-muslims-die-in-fire/

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Two killed as extremist Myanmar Buddhists torch Masjids

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A file photo shows Rohingya men among houses set on fire during ethnic fighting in the city of Sittwe, June 10, 2012.

Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:20AM GMT


The silence of the human rights organizations towards abuses against the Rohingya Muslims has emboldened the extremist Buddhists and Myanmar’s government forces.


At least three people in Myanmar have been killed with five wounded as extremist Buddhists set fire to several Masjids in the city of Meiktila.


Clashes erupted late on Wednesday between extremist Buddhists and Muslim Rohingyas, according to a report issued by the Myanmar Police Force.

Police imposed an overnight curfew to control the situation, saying that at least three Masjids had been destroyed.

"The situation is unpredictable," said a local man, adding, "I can't guess what will happen next. The violence could get worse."

The unrest comes amid heightened tensions between the two sides which have left at least 180 people dead and more than a 100,000 Muslims displaced since June 2012.

On October 21, 2012, at least 11 Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar were killed after extremist Buddhists set fire to their houses in two Muslim villages in the city of Sittwe in the western Rakhine state.

The silence of the human rights organizations toward abuses against the Rohingya Muslims has emboldened the extremist Buddhists and Myanmar’s government forces.

The Buddhist-majority government of Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas and has classified them as illegal migrants, even though the Rohingyas are said to be Muslim descendants of Persian, Turkish, Bengali, and Pathan origin, who migrated to Myanmar as early as the 8th century.

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Source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/03/21/294625/two-die-as-Masjids-torched-in-myanmar/

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Burma communal riots prompt more curfews

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The government called for an end to "religious extremism"

   

Curfews have been imposed on three more Burmese towns as attacks on Muslim communities spread closer to Rangoon.


Masjids
and other Muslim buildings have been attacked by crowds of Buddhists in
towns on the road from Rangoon to Pyay, about 200km (125 miles) to the
north.


The US has warned its citizens to avoid travel to parts of Burma due to the violence, which began a week ago.


A state of emergency is in force in the central town of Meiktila, where some 40 deaths have been reported.


Soldiers
clearing debris from buildings torched by angry mobs retrieved eight
more bodies in the town, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported on
Tuesday.


In Bago region to the north of Rangoon, state television said Muslim religious buildings, shops and houses had been damaged.


Residents outside the capital said they did not feel safe.


"The
situation is better than the previous day but we can't sleep well at
night," one man, a Buddhist, told Reuters. "People are still afraid of
buildings being set on fire because there isn't security everywhere."


A
Muslim man said: "We are safe during the day, but we cannot go back to
our houses because security personnel are only on the main roads. But
there has been no more attacking and destroying houses. There are just
thieves who steal from burnt buildings."


In a statement on Monday, the US embassy in Rangoon advised US citizens "to avoid travel to the Mandalay region because of escalating violence in that area".


Reports
of other attacks on Masjids and houses were reported on Monday in towns
near Meiktila - Oh the Kone, Tatkone and Yamenthin.


It was not immediately clear who was behind the violence. Details of any casualties in these areas were also unclear.


Trouble broke out after a reported argument at a gold shop in Meiktila in Mandalay region last Wednesday.


At least 12,000 Muslims are thought to have fled their homes in the unrest since then.


The
conflict is the worst since violence in Rakhine state last year, where
nearly 200 people were killed and tens of thousands forced from their
homes.


The conflict that erupted in Rakhine involved
Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, who are not recognised as Burmese
citizens. Scores of Rohingyas have fled what they say is persecution in
Burma in recent months.


BBC
 

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Very sad for the people who lost their life from this. I will remember them in my prayers.

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Burma's President Thein Sein warns 'extremists'       


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Masjids and houses belonging to Muslims have been destroyed in the violence

 

The
Burmese government will use force if necessary to stop "political
opportunists and religious extremists" from fomenting hatred between
faiths, President Thein Sein has warned.


It was his first public comment on the violence, which began last week.


At least 40 people have been killed as a result of discord between Buddhists and Muslims since 20 March.


Curfews have been imposed in a number of areas, as crowds of Buddhists attacked Muslim buildings.


The police were reported on Wednesday to have opened fire in one town on a crowd of about 500 people.


Last
Friday a state of emergency was enforced in the central town of
Meiktila in Mandalay region - where the communal violence began after a
reported argument at a gold shop.


'Last resort'
    

"I
would like to warn all political opportunists and religious extremists
who try to exploit the noble teachings of these religions and have
tried to plant hatred among people of different faiths for their own
self-interest. Their efforts will not be tolerated," the president said
in a national televised address.


"In general, I do not
endorse the use of force to solve problems. However, I will not
hesitate to use force as a last resort to protect the lives and
safeguard the property of the general public," he said.


"All perpetrators of violence will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."



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We must expect these conflicts and difficulties to arise during our period of democratic transition”

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    Burmese president

        

The president said that "conflicts and difficulties" would inevitably arise during Burma's transition to a democracy.


He called on police to "perform their duties decisively, bravely and within the constraints of the constitution and by-laws".


Correspondents
say that police in Meiktila have been criticised for failing to act
quickly enough to stop the rioting, in which houses, shops and Masjids
were burned down.


At least 12,000 Muslims are thought to have fled their homes because of the unrest.


In similar violence in Rakhine state last year, nearly 200 people were killed and tens of thousands forced from their homes.


The
conflict that erupted in Rakhine involved Buddhists and Rohingya
Muslims, who are not recognised as Burmese citizens and have complained
of frequent persecution.


Those affected by the latest
violence insist that in contrast to the allegations made against the
Rohingyas they are legitimate Burmese citizens.


Correspondents
say that isolated violence involving Burma's majority Buddhist
population and its minority Muslim community has occurred for decades,
even under military governments that ruled the country from 1962 to
2011.

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