Terrified Muslim families hid in timber plantations in western Myanmar on Wednesday, one day after escaping a new round of deadly sectarian violence that erupted even as the president explored the split up region. The breakthrough of four bodies conveyed the death toll from the newest clashes up to at least five.
Tuesday’s unrest beside the seaboard town of Thandwe, which glimpsed Buddhist mobs murder a 94-year-old woman and four other Muslims and set alight dozens of dwellings, highlighted the government’s continual failure to stop the sectarian aggression from spreading.
privileges assemblies state leader Thein Sein, visiting the region for the first time since clashes flared there last year, has finished little to chink down on religious intolerance and failed to connection a split up that has left hundreds of thousands of Muslims marginalised and segregated, many of them confined by security forces in insufficiently equipped bivouacs for those who fled their homes.
Mr. Sein reached in Thandwe on Wednesday and was to meet devout managers from both groups.
While Mr. Sein has condemned the violence in Rakhine State before, detractors state his security forces have not finished enough to comprise it. They furthermore state his government has failed to crack down on radical monks who have instilled hatred and worry of the nation’s Muslim minority, contending they pose a threat to Buddhist heritage and customs.
In a note to devout managers that ran in Myanmar’s state-run bulletins on Wednesday, Mr. Sein said the sectarian unrest intimidates the government’s reform process “and tarnishes the nationwide likeness internationwidely.”