There was more Buddhist-on-Muslim sectarian violence in Myanmar today. Two mosques were badly damaged and hundreds of Muslims’ homes went up in flames.
Buddhist mobs hurling bricks overran a pair of mosques and set hundreds of homes ablaze in central Myanmar on Tuesday, injuring at least 10 people in the latest anti-Muslim violence to shake the Southeast Asian nation.
Terrified Muslim families who fled the assaults around Okkan, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Yangon, could be seen hiding in forests along roads and crouching in paddy fields afterward. Some, in a state of shock, wept as their houses burned in the night.
About five weeks ago, there were similar riots and attacks, some involving saffron-robed Buddhist monks who went to town with clubs and knives. Multiple mob murders were reported then, including the killings of children. The violence was so gleeful and vicious that the International Herald Tribune compared it to Kristallnacht.
Luckily, the government knows just what to do with the tiny Muslim minority (four percent of Myanmar’s population).
On Monday, a government-appointed commission investigating the [earlier] violence issued proposals to ease tensions there — including doubling the number of security forces in the volatile region…
Good, because cops stood idly by before, outnumbered by the mob and not all that interested in stopping the mayhem…
…and introducing family planning programs to stem population growth among minority Muslims.
Read that again. To help Muslims who were burned and beaten out of their homes, the Myanmar government tells them to curb their breeding.
As it stands now, Buddhists may still multiply to their hearts’ content.
[image by Soe Zeya Tun / REUTERS, via banoosh.com]