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Myanmar monks protest anti-Buddhist unrest

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, October 5, 2012 7:41 EDT
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Protesting Buddhist monks in Myanmar
 
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About 100 monks demonstrated in Myanmar’s main city Yangon on Friday against attacks by Muslim mobs targeting Buddhist temples and homes in neighboring Bangladesh.

Holding signs with slogans including “The Earth Is for Everyone, Not Only for Muslims” and “Stop Insulting Buddhism”, the robed monks staged a short protest outside the Bangladesh embassy in the former capital.

The rally ended when police asked the monks to disperse.

Sectarian tensions have been running high along the country’s joint border since June when deadly clashes erupted between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state.

Myanmar’s government and many Burmese view Myanmar’s stateless Rohingya population as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Bangladesh police said Tuesday they had arrested nearly 300 people in connection with a wave of violence in the southeast of the country where Buddhist temples and homes were damaged and set on fire.

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