Mob destroys mosque as religious, ethnic tension rises in Myanmar

A group of men from a village in central Myanmar destroyed a mosque in the first serious outburst of inter-religious violence in months, coinciding with a rise in tensions over how to refer to the Rohingya, the country’s persecuted Muslim minority.

Villagers from Thayethamin, a remote settlement a two-hours’ drive northeast of Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, destroyed the mosque on Thursday after a dispute over its construction, and beat up at least one Muslim man, media and a police spokesman said.

Religious tensions simmered in Myanmar for almost half a century of military rule, before boiling over in 2012, just a year after a semi-civilian government took power.

Hundreds died in clashes in northwestern Rakhine State between Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, leading to the organized expulsion of Rohingya by Rakhine mobs. More violence between Muslims and Buddhists in other parts of the country followed in 2013.

Gee, I wonder what set them off?

  • Cat-astrophe

    Mob destroys mind control center.

    • I bow to their long history with Islam so will not judge their actions.

      • Muslims cannot get along with anyone anywhere. Just look at Russia, UK, France, Germany, Thailand, the Philippines, India.

        Hell, Muslims can’t even get along with other Muslims. Just look at all the Middle East.

        Islamic theology is obviously the problem. Islamic theology is toxic.

  • Rasputins rosary

    How bad does it have to be to make Buddhists turn violent.

    • Alain

      They are not asked to sacrifice their own lives in such situations.

  • canminuteman

    “Religious tensions rise”,. I suspect that they have been rising for some time. It’s just that now it’s Muslims who are the victims, the press decided to pay attention.

    • Alain

      Wouldn’t call any invader a victim. Muslims do not belong there, just as they do not belong in any non Muslim country.

    • Will Quest

      F-ing Reuters wouldn’t recognize islamic violent intolerance if it sat squarely on their face…. Reuters farts ‘progressive’ ethos of see/hear/speak no evil of islam.

  • Samuel

    “Diversity is our strength” has failed in Myanmar.

    • Alain

      Or that the Muslims are not succeeding in imposing their cult of death on everyone else.

  • andycanuck

    Gee. I wonder who started it?
    I guess we’ll never know.

    • Alain

      I don’t care. They, the Muslims are invaders and do not belong there.

    • memphis

      We should fund a commision to investigate this matter eh what do think

      • andycanuck

        Do they play basketball in Myanmar? If yes, then I would suggest midnight basketball games for disaffected youths.

  • memphis

    You have to go very far to make a Buddhist have to kill you, not want to, but have to.