Burma: New Tensions between Buddhist's and Bangla Muslims


Koranimals call on the west to save Bengal invaders:

Adnan Rashid manufactures history and  tells us that ‘hundreds of years Muslims been living in Burma”- blah blah…  he can’t understand why the U.S. and the U.N aren’t saving the Muslims as they always do.  (BNI- the flick is from Iran Puss TV)

Thousands flee renewed Myanmar violence

Iran Propaganda TV presents us with a young negro, (Obama worshiper Dr Randy Short) who knows all about the sins of the British, colonialism, human rights abuses and the usual grievances. These affirmative action monkeys all sound as if they were hatched from the same egg:

UN says fighting between Rohingya and Buddhists has triggered a fresh influx to already crammed camps in Rakhine state.  Al Jizz is no better than Press TV, but at least they tell us that  the so-called Rohingya speak a Bengali dialect and resemble Muslim Bangladeshis. If that is an established fact, then why won’t Bangladesh accept their own people back? Why should a Buddhist country like Burma have to put up with large numbers of hostile Mohammedans who are plotting to take over the country and wipe the Buddhists out?

Thousands of displaced people have surged towards already overcrowded camps in western Myanmar, the UN has said, after new communal violence that has left dozens dead.

Tens of thousands of mainly Muslim Rohingya are already crammed into squalid camps around the state capital Sittwe after deadly violence between Rohingya and Buddhists began in June.

The UN on Saturday said the latest fighting had caused a further 3,200 to make their way towards the shelters.

“An additional 2,500 are reportedly on their way,” said Vivian Tan, spokeswoman for the UN’s refugee agency.

Tensions between the Buddhist majority and the stateless Rohingya minority have been rife for months and prompted international warnings that the unrest imperils the nation’s fragile reform process.

State spokesman Win Myaing said the situation was “calm” on Saturday after security forces were deployed to the affected areas where violence erupted on October 21.

The official death toll for the week stood at 67. Roughly half the dead were women, according to Myaing.

Houses razed

Meanwhile, a human rights group expressed concern for the safety of thousands of Rohingya after revealing satellite images of a once-thriving coastal community reduced to ashes.

The images released by New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) show “near total destruction” of a predominantly Rohingya part of Kyaukpyu, one of several areas in Rakhine where clashes have occurred.

More than 811 buildings and houseboats were razed in Kyaukpyu on October 24, forcing many Rohingya to flee north by sea towards Sittwe, said HRW.

“Burma’s government urgently needs to provide security for the Rohingya in Arakan [Rakhine] State, who are under vicious attack,” said Phil Robertson, the group’s deputy Asia director.

State television said 2,818 houses were destroyed, many of them burnt down, from Sunday through to Thursday.

The UN said Myanmar’s fledgling democracy could be “irreparably damaged” by the clashes.

“The fabric of social order could be irreparably damaged and the reform and opening-up process being currently pursued by the government is likely to be jeopardised,” a spokesman for Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, said on Friday

“The widening mistrust between the communities is being exploited by militant and criminal elements to cause large-scale loss of human lives.”

It was unclear what set off the latest round of arson and killings.

In June, ethnic violence in Rakhine left at least 90 people dead and destroyed more than 3,000 homes after the rape and murder of a Buddhist woman that was blamed on Muslims. About 75,000 people have been living in refugee camps ever since.

Tensions still simmer, in part because the government has failed to find any long-term solution to the crisis other than segregating the two communities in some areas.

‘Obstacle to development’

President Thein Sein’s government has described the Rohingya problem as an obstacle to development on other fronts.

Sein took office following elections, boycotted by the opposition National League for Democracy, last year, and has instituted economic and political liberalisation after almost half a century of repressive military rule.

“As the international community is closely watching Myanmar’s democratic transition, such unrest could tarnish the image of the country,” a statement from Sein’s office, published on Friday in the state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper, said.

“The army, police and authorities in co-operation with local people will try to restore peace and stability and will take legal action against any individual or organisation that is trying to instigate the unrest.”

Larry Jagan, a freelance journalist who has covered Myanmar extensively, told Al Jazeera:

“These attacks are much more worrying because they are outer lying areas that are inhabited by Burmese Muslims who are not Rohingyas.

“The problem the government are facing at the moment of course is that the violence is outlying  areas and across the coast – not in the central municipal areas. They are having difficulties getting forces into those areas,” he added.

“There have been reports that soldiers have been firing over the heads of Muslims and Buddhists and there have been one or two injuries. The government really needs to take initiative that shows they intend to have a political solution because this really has been a problem that has been continuing since independence,” said Jagan.

Rohingya are officially stateless. Although many of them have lived in Myanmar for generations, they are widely denigrated as intruders who came from neighbouring Bangladesh to steal scarce land.

The UN estimates the Rohingya population in Myanmar at 800,000. But the government does not count them as one of the country’s 135 ethnic groups, and so – like neighbouring Bangladesh – denies them citizenship.

Human rights groups say racism also plays a role: Many Rohingya, who speak a Bengali dialect and resemble Muslim Bangladeshis, have darker skin and are heavily discriminated against.

2 thoughts on “Burma: New Tensions between Buddhist's and Bangla Muslims”

  1. I’m starting to think that muzzle’ems have an affinity for death, stupidity, meanness and squalor.

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