Myan­mar Mus­lims forced to keep Eid al-Adha fes­tiv­i­ties low-key

Mizzima Business Weekly - - AFFAIRS // NEWS -

Mus­lims in Myan­mar have been forced to keep cel­e­bra­tions of one of Is­lam’s ma­jor feast days, Eid al-Adha, low-key, fear­ing reprisals from a Bud­dhist na­tion­al­ist group pres­sur­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ments to ban cat­tle slaugh­ters that are cen­tral to the fes­tiv­i­ties re­ported on 28 Septem­ber.

Lo­cal author­i­ties ap­pear to be tar­get­ing Mus­lims cel­e­brat­ing Eid al-Adha in smaller town­ships such as Yame­thin and Tharzi in Man­dalay Di­vi­sion, ac­cord­ing to Mus­lim com­mu­nity mem­bers who spoke with

Aung Thein, a Mus­lim leader, said lo­cal mem­bers of the in­flu­en­tial Bud­dhist na­tion­al­ist group, Ma Ba Tha, have gone around town check­ing on whether cat­tle slaugh­ters have taken place.

Ma Ba Tha, or the Com­mit­tee for the Pro­tec­tion of Race and Re­li­gion, has in­ten­si­fied anti-Mus­lim rhetoric in re­cent months. This has raised fears that re­li­gion will be used as a po­lit­i­cal tool as the coun­try gears up for the 8 Novem­ber elec­tions


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