The rioters, who sang the country’s national anthem as they rampaged, were dispersed after security forces arrived early Sunday, shooting into the air. No injuries were reported. State television reported that about 42 houses and 15 shops were burned and destroyed – most belonging to Muslims.
I have included some reader comments (in red) posted with this story. You should take a look at the rest of them here: Telegraph (h/t Maria J). Also, check out the links at the bottom for more reasons why the Buddhists are fighting back.
The predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million has been grappling with sectarian violence since the country’s military rulers handed over power to a nominally civilian government in 2011.
“You don’t report WHY they are burning muslims out. They are throwing acid on women, burning them alive, raping them, bombing their temple’s, and beating Buddhists to death. Every Country should burn muslims out. The Buddhists are heroes. They actually defend their People.”
The hours-long riot in Htan Gone village, located 16 kilometres (10 miles) south of the town of Kantbalu in the region of Sagaing, began late Saturday after a crowd surrounded a police station, demanding that the suspect in the attempted assault be handed over, a police officer told The Associated Press. The officer requested anonymity because he did not have the authority to speak to reporters.
“When you want something done right, I guess you have to call a Buddhist?”
The unrest – which has killed more than 250 people and left 140,000 others displaced – began last year in the western state of Rakhine, where nationalist Buddhists accuse the Rohingya Muslim community of illegally entering the country and encroaching on their land. The violence, on a smaller scale but still deadly, spread earlier this year to other parts of the country, fuelling deep-seeded prejudices against the Islamic minority and threatening Burma’s fragile transition to democracy.
“Excuse me but when Muslims stop attacking Buddhist and Hindu religious shrines regularly maybe people will sympathize with them when those people get fed up enough to retaliate. But please, go on telling us how unfairly your Muslim brothers are treated as they are slaughtering Coptic Christians in Egypt. The religion of “peace” is a death cult shrouded in dogma. I don’t care about beards on Muslims as much as I care about what they think their god allows them to do to non-Muslims outside the realm of Sharia. No other religion excuses rape and murder of infidels. Sorry, Islam is alone in that regard.”
Almost all of the victims have been Muslims, often attacked as security forces stood by. The Information Ministry said the latest round of violence was triggered by a report that a Muslim man attempted to sexually assault a Buddhist woman on her way home from work. At its height, up to 1,000 people were rampaging through Htan Gone village, the ministry said.
“Good! They’re learning from their Thai neighbors that the only way to stop the Mooslums is to get tough with them up front.”
“People descended on our village with swords and spears, and sang the national anthem and began destroying shops and burned houses,” said Aung San, a 48-year-old Muslim man whose house was burned. “Police shouted at the mob to disperse, but did not take any serious action.”
“Wow, can they come here and help out? I would pay them and sponsor their visa! They have the right idea. Do it to the Muslims before they do it to you. How bad is it that only the repressed people of Burma know how to handle the Muslim infection, but civilized people do not?”
Aung San, who lives with his parents, who are in their 70s, said his family had to flee when the mob burned their house down. “We hid my parents and two sisters in a cemetery before the mob burned our house, and we fled later,” he said. He and his family were taking refuge Sunday at a Muslim school.
“When the most peaceful religion on the face of the planet starts attacking Muslims you know that its hitting the fan man.”
Myint Naing, an opposition lawmaker who represents constituents in Kantbalu, was outraged by the latest violence. He said Muslims and Buddhists have lived side-by-side in the area for many years.
“It isn’t justice, but somehow it feels poetic. It’s usually islam committing the atrocities.”
“There is a mosque in almost every village in our township and we live a peaceful coexistence,” he said as he headed to the scene, adding that at least one mosque was burned down in the violence. “I cannot understand why the authorities were unable to control the crowd when it originally started,” he said.
“He said Muslims and Buddhists have lived side-by-side in the area for many years. There is a mosque in almost every village in our township and we live a peaceful coexistence.
Um, no. There is no peaceful co-existence anywhere where Muslims gain a sizable plurality. These Buddhists are sick and tired of all the Muslim hijinks around the would and they’re not putting up with it in their little piece of the world.
Know Islam, No Peace; No Islam, Know Peace.”
The graphic below pretty well sums up the main reason why Muslim are rejected in every non-Muslim country in which they they settle: