Myan­mar Bud­dhists seek tougher ac­tion

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Nation + World -

BANGKOK » Sev­eral hun­dred Bud­dhist na­tion­al­ists, in­clud­ing monks, ral­lied in Myan­mar’s largest city on Wed­nes­day to urge stronger ac­tion against in­sur­gents from the Mus­lim Ro­hingya mi­nor­ity for at­tacks on po­lice last week.

The at­tacks in Rakhine state in western Myan­mar have spi­raled into chaotic vi­o­lence, with more than 100 dead and vil­lages torched.

At least 18,000 Ro­hingya have fled the vi­o­lence and crossed into Bangladesh in less than a week, with hun­dreds stranded in a no man’s land at the coun­tries’ bor­der, the In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mi­gra­tion said.

The army, re­spond­ing to last Thurs­day’s at­tacks, launched what it called clear­ance op­er­a­tions against the in­sur­gents, but ad­vo­cates for the Ro­hingya say they are at­tack­ing and burn­ing Ro­hingya vil­lages, shooting civil­ians and caus­ing oth­ers to flee.

The gov­ern­ment blames Ro­hingya in­sur­gents and their sym­pa­thiz­ers for the con­tin­u­ing vi­o­lence. Gov­ern­ment fig­ures put the death toll since last week at a min­i­mum of 103.

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