Southern insurgents stepped up violent campaign with the torching of a local health station, local administrative office, surveillance cameras, shooting Buddhists, and putting up banners opposing the peace dialogue effort by the military regime.
Unrest incidents were reported in Pattani, Narathiwatnand Songkhla provinces.
Security officials said Monday southern insurgents in Narathiwat cut down trees to block roads in Rueso district, and set fire to a health office in Tambon Sawor.
But village headman and defence volunteers managed to put out the fire before it raged.
A roadside bomb was also detonated on the road from Waeng to Sungai Kolok near a bridge while a patrol unit passed by.
Nobody was injured in the explosion.
Meanwhile security officials reported banners were put up at eleven locations in Khok Pho, Panare, Yarang, Yaring, Nong Chik, and Kapor districts.
HURFOM: Villagers remain uprooted from their homes following violencebetween Burmese military and New Mon State Party (NMSP) soldiers in Tenasserim Region’s Thu Mingalan village. With no resolution yet found between the two sides, and NMSP soldiers still being held hostage, there are worries that the conflict may be reignited in the displaced NMSP troop’s new location.
On 16 July 2 NMSP soldiers and 1 Burmese military sergeant were killed in a clash between the armed groups in the Tenasserim Region village of Thu Thu Mingalan, located in Bote Pyin Township, close to the Thai-Burma border. Subsequent to the incident violence continued in the village, with Burmese military forces torching the homes of 20 families six days later.
Whilst eyewitnesses claim that the conflict began when Burmese soldiers tore down and burned an NMSP flag, an official account is yet to be released. Thus far the Burmese military have not responded to the NMSP’s demands for an explanation of the attack, nor have they released 3 NMSP soldiers captured and being held in detention.
The captured soldiers have been named as Nai Karak Mon, Nai Win Taung and Nai Ah Ra. Nai Karak Mon was captured when transporting his wife to their home, whilst Nai Win Taung was taken hostage by the Burmese military when he went hunting in the forest. The final NMSP soldier abducted, Nai Karak Mon, was kidnapped early in the morning when visiting his family in nearby Pyi Gyi Matain village. Reports have emerged that the captured soldiers are being held at the LIB No. 559 military base, also in Tenasserim Region’s Bote Pyin Township. Continue reading “Unrest continues following Tenasserim Division clash”→
Ongoing riots in Myanmar are not conflicts between Buddhists and Muslims but are intentionally planned by a certain group of perpetrators, according to a statement released by the All Myanmar Islam Association on Tuesday.
The six-point statement said that the religious issue has been exaggerated into the main issue for the conflict. Riots are intentionally created by the ill-will of perpetrators who want to damage the peace and tranquility of the state, the statement said without naming the perpetrators.
The statement also said the people who want to live peacefully are opposed to the riots.
The statement blames authorities, saying they have poorly handled the riots in which lives and property of Muslims were lost or destroyed.
The association also called on the government to take immediate action against any person or organisation that had a hand in the rioting, in accordance with the law.
The Islam Association expressed thanks to the monks, Buddhist laypeople, Christians and Hindus who helped and guarded Muslim people during the crisis without showing discrimination.
State of emergency in
Meiktala, Mahlaing, Wintwin, Thazi Area only.
More than 20 People Killed in Sectarian Violence in Meikhtila
The true story of Meik-hti-lar incident by HTAY TINT
Let the world know the truth :
Meik-hti-lar Burning By Race Riots! (21-March-2013)
This is the true story of Meik-hti-lar incident between
Burmese Buddhists and Bengali Muslims there.
Today March 20 at about 9 in the morning U Khin Maung Win and Daw Aye Aye Naing came to New Weint Sein gold shop (Muslim-owned) to sell their gold comb. The husband and wife U Khin Maung Win (46) and Daw Aye Aye Naing (45) were together with their two young children.
The Shop-owner Muslim woman Myint Myint Aye (a) She-tar then broke the gold comb into two pieces and rubbed both pieces on their grading stone and also applied acid on them. She then decided to offer only 50,000 kyats for the gold worth at least 100,000 kyats.
The Buddhist couple refused to sell at that low price and asked her to re-join two broken pieces together. The Muslim woman refused and told them to leave and a heated argument broke out. They finally came to blow after the Benmgali-Muslim shop-owner and her elder sister bitch slapped the Burmese-Buddhist couple.
Daw Aye Aye Naing then started yelling out to the Burmese bystanders for help. Meanwhile the Bengali-Muslim husband of the shop-owner Htun Htun Oo (a) Ar-shit and his employee Nyi Nyi came in and started hitting U Khin Maung Win with timber 2×4 pieces. They both were yelling out that the Burmese-Buddhist couple and their children were trying to rob their gold shop.
As their Muslim relatives from other Muslim gold shops nearby joined the brutal attack on the Burmese-Buddhist family the bystanders started shouting at them to stop such unjust violence and they then called the police.
About twenty minutes later policemen arrived and they closed New Weint Sein Muslim gold shop and arrested Htun Htun Oo (a) Ar-shit and Nyi Nyi. But their accomplice Muslim women Myint Mtyint Aye (a) She-tar, Netty, and Boat-pwa escaped through the rear entrance of their shop.
By then time was about 10 in the morning and the Burmese crowd there was only about fifty. People thought that the escaping Muslim women were hiding in the upstairs apartment of Taw-win Yadanar Muslim gold shop next door. So they told police and the policemen went up there.
They found no Muslim women they were looking there except two teenage Muslim girls ferafully hiding there from the gathering Burmese crowd. Police and some local Buddhists then escorted them to safety through the angry crowd. Some Burmese threw stones at them but nothing serious happened to them as both Bengali-Muslim girls were wearing motorcycle helmets as precautions.
When the police and their charges got back at the police station there were big crowd of Burmese Buddhists waiting there. Requested by the district administrator and district police chief the town elders asked the crowd to disperse and at about 11 in the morning the crowd left the police station.
But the crowd at the New Weint Sein gold shop were getting bigger by the hour without a heavy police presence there and at about 1 in the afternoon the crowd turned violent and started destroying the New Weint-Sein gold shop and other Muslim gold shops in the area.
New Weint Sein, Taw-win Yadanar, Shwe Nandaw, Yunwady: all Muslim-owned gold shops were completely destroyed. All were affluent three-stories concrete buildings.
Burmese-owned Taing Chit gold shop was partly destroyed also as it was too late when the Buddhist mob discovered the Buddhist statue and Buddhist flag left inside the shop by the fleeing Buddhist owners.
By then about thirty riot police arrived at the scene but they just watched the destruction as a group of Buddhist monks also arrived and made an understanding with the police that they would control the Buddhist crowd not to target other Muslim properties in the town except the Muslim gold shops they had already started destroying.
As a precaution police detachments were sent to the mosques all over town and policemen with shields and bamboo sticks stood guard right in front of every mosque in Meik-hti-lar.
A Buddhist monk was killed by Muslims and deadly riots spread
Unfortunately at that time a Buddhist monk from Hanzar village of One-dwin township had come into the Meik-hti-lar town as a passenger on a motorbike and they were unknowingly riding through the Da-hart-tan Muslim ward the biggest Muslim quarters in Meik-hti-lar.
Already-agitated Muslims saw the Buddhist monk and chased the motorbike and managed to strike the Buddhist monk from behind with a sword and he fell to the ground from his pillion-riding position on the motorbike. He had a long deep gash on back of his head just above his left ear.
Despite the desperate pleas for mercy from the rider the Muslims forcefully took off his robe and brutally dragged the direly-wounded Buddhist monk into the nearby Myo-ma Mosque. Once inside the mosque they poured acid and petrol all over the wounded Buddhist monk and burned him alive. Only his discarded-robe and a large pool of blood were left at the spot on the road where he fell off the motor bike wounded.
Once that tragic news reached the crowd at the gold shops they immediately marched to Da-hart-tan Muslim ward and burned down the said Myo-ma Mosque and the nearby Muslim houses.
Muslims there retaliated by burning the Burmese houses and striking back at the attacking Buddhist mob. As Muslims were more numerous there many Buddhists were killed and wounded in that Muslim ward.
There are now 16 wounded Buddhists in the Meik-hti-lar Hospital and three were almost fatally wounded. So far one Burmese Buddhist died at the hospital and a few burnt-out corpses of unknown race have been recovered from the Muslim ward by the police.
During the riots a Muslim man driving a ten-wheeler truck tried to run over Burmese mob but he was hit in the eyes by Buddhists’ sling-shot balls and he lost control of his truck which was stopped after hitting a concrete building. He was pulled down from the truck and the Buddhist mob burned him alive.
The race riots were going on strong till 10 in the night when the district administration has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew (Act-144) indefinitely and the armed-riot-police battalions finally took over the whole town of Meik-hti-lar.
By 10:30 in the night all the mosques in Meik-hti-lar were burning and the local Muslims have taken all their young children, their women, and their old people out of the town in a long convoy of cars and trucks seen heading towards Taunggyi in the East. Only some Muslim men are left in the town to guard their properties.
Muslim population of Meik-hti-lar has dangerously swelled to the alarming level recently as the restless Muslim refugees fleeing from the recent racio-religious riots and unrests in Kyak-pa-daung, Kyauk-se, Ya-me-thin, and Taung-ngu and other places all over Burma had gathered at Meik-hti-lar the middle junction of various highways in Burma.
(Translator’s Notes: Meik-hti-lar is the epicenter of Buddhist heartland in middle Burma. I used to know the area very well as my paternal clan is from Ma-hlaing a large township just a few miles north-west of Meik-hti-lar. The completely-Burmese area back then was basically the cradle of extremely brutal civil war between the ruling Socialists and the rebelling Communists in the whole 1950s.
Back then my late father Bo Htun Hla – an ex-army officer from Japanese-trained BNA (Burma National Army) and one of few trusted lieutenants of late General Aung San – was the Divisional Commanding Officer of 5,000 strong Communist 3M (Ma-thone-lone) Division controlling the triangular area of Mandalay-Meikhtilar-Myingyan during late 1940s and early 1950s.
Of course the Burmese Communists (CPB) were defeated there by the then-Socialists-controlled Burmese Army together with various Buddhist militias financed and armed by U Nu – Kyaw Nyein Socialist government.
Burmese there are most brutally militant compared to other Burmese anywhere else in Burma. In addition to the traditional weapons like long swords (Nghet-kyee-daung Dah) and long spears (Hlan-shay) openly carried by most men, most villages there has a cache of British Lee-Enfield .303 rifles secretly buried in the village ground. And the youths from that area are the main lifeblood of Burmese army which recruits only the Buddhist Burmese.
There were hardly any Muslims in that area before the 1970s. It seems now that within less than 40 years the invading Bengali-Muslims with massive financial support from Saudi Arabia have become the commercially dominant group building mosques and madrassas all over the place and the native Burmese-Buddhists must have deeply resented them and the eventual result is this racio-religious riots and the Muslim-cleansing which will follow like in the recent Arakan riots.)
During the recent unrest in Meikhtilar, middle Myanmar, some buddhist youths escorted out about 1700 Muslims to the distinct stadium today.
Authorities imposed a curfew in Mandalay Region’s Meikhtila town last night after a fight over a hair clip at a gold shop threatened to escalate into a religious riot, officials told Eleven Media.
The incident began at a gold shop near the town’s market at about 10am yesterday and the curfew was imposed at about 9pm under section 144 of the Constitution after a mosque was set aflame in late afternoon. The fire at Thirimingalar Mosque was quickly extinguished by neighbours, town residents said.
As of noon today five people were killed and another 22 injured in the fighting, staff at the town hospital said, adding that most of the injuries were head wounds.
Myanmar’s national police force said at 3.40am today that one monk and another man had been killed and four other injured by flames.
Stones were thrown at police and reporters taking photos yesterday afternoon when a crowd of about 200 stormed three buildings near the gold shop.
The clashes erupted following an argument over the price of a gold hair clip at a shop owned by a Muslim vendor.
Town resident Khin Maung Win and his wife tried to sell the hair clip to New Waitsein Gold Shop for 140,000 kyats (about US$160) at about 9am. The son-in-law of the shop’s owner offered them 105,000 kyats for the hair clip, and then took it to the market to assess the gold. When he returned he said he could only pay them 50,000 kyats because the hair clip was broken, according to a police complaint from Khin Maung Win’s wife.
Following a quarrel over the hair clip – which Khin Maung Win and his wife said was broken while it was being assessed – the shop owner threw the clip at Khin Maung Win and his son-in-law and a shop assistant began assaulting him, the man’s wife said.
She filed a lawsuit at Meikhtila Police Station after her husband was injured.
By 2.15pm about 200 people had gathered near the gold shop and then destroyed six shops in three nearby buildings.
Police, fire fighters, monks and town elders tried to disperse the crowd, but at about 3 pm an angry mob stormed the buildings again.
Meikhtila district police began imposing security in the area soon after, the Myanmar Police Force said.
Thirimingalar Mosque was set afire at about 5.30pm but the flames were quickly extinguished by neighbours, police said.
Town residents said some people tried to use the violence to instigate a religious clash, but authorities implemented a curfew in time to control them.
The curfew bans public gatherings and any interference with public officials’ work, including police.
Besides the mosque, other buildings were also set aflame and more than 10 motorbikes were destroyed, but all fires were put out by 8pm, police said.
Police are preventing anyone from entering the town through its front and back gates.
Police said that order had been restored by midnight. “Only a few people are left at the site now. We are trying to solve the problem,” an officer said.
Officers from two other townships in Yamethin district are providing assistance, another officer said, adding that “senior divisional officials are overseeing the situation”.
“The town is also being patrolled. Although the crowds have been dispersed there are still some groups here and there,” he said early this morning.
By noon today the situation was calm, police told Eleven Media’s reporter in the town.
News about Rioting in Meikhtelar(Myanmar) with Muslims terrorists
Condition dis- arrangement in Meikhtelar(middle part of myanmar) due to muslims terrorist Real condition is described as follows.The new is taken by local people called by phone. On March 20 about 11:00AM couple of young girl and her grand-mother came to Haji U Tun Aye’s(name Tine Chit ) gold shop which is situated at the easten part of the Meikhtelar Myoma market to sell their jewelries.After reaching to shop,the owner Muslims woman checked their jewelries and gave very low price. So the owner old woman refused to sell this and told to re-give their jewelries..At this time,Muslims woman destroyed the jewelries because if she destroyed this, the old woman can not sell to this on other shops.So the old myanmar woman becomes disappointed and told to re-pay for damage.The muslim woman refuse to give and shouted as buglers and help to fight to myanmar old woman and her young girl.At the same time, muslims workers came here and fought to old myanmar woman and her younger girls with sticks and swords.The myanmar old woman is now dying and her younger girl is on the hospital.The owner muslims woman is under-arrest.But the one of fighter muslims man is still free.Due to hear this new,Meikhtelar township people felt short-temper , shout to arrest the free muslims guy and take legal action to owner.The market was took care by local authorities now.
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