Violence Escalates in Burma’s Rakhine State

Bengali Sunni Jameh mosque in Yangon, Myanmar

Bengali Sunni Jameh mosque in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: Hintha.

BANGKOK – Northwest Burma’s Rakhine state remains tense after President Thein Sein dispatched troops to try to end religious and ethnic violence. The riots began after 10 ethnic-Rohingya muslims were mobbed and murdered by ethnic Rakhines, in retaliation for the gang-rape of a Rakhine girl.

Local witnesses in villages in Burma’s western Rakhine state said fires continued to burn Monday, even after President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency and sent in troops to bring the riots under control.

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