The central Burmese town of Meikhtila declared a curfew for a second night on March 21 after clashes killed 10 people, including a Buddhist monk, and injured at least 20, authorities said. Riots erupted in Meikhtila, a town roughly 340 miles north of Yangon, a day earlier after an argument between a Buddhist couple and the Muslim owners of a gold shop escalated into a riot involving hundreds of people, police said. The violence is just the latest in a series of sectarian clashes, after unrest in western Rakhine state last year left more than 200 dead, according to Associated Press reports.
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It's how totalitarian governments work -- they set the little people against each other, or have them focus on an outside threat. If the Muslims and Buddhists weren't fighting each other, they'd team up against their common enemy: the government.
@PerryWhite1 Although , the point you are making is hard to counter but you may be surprised, there is no place on earth where ethnic Buddhists are at peace with Muslims or vice versa. So lets say even if Myanmar was an vibrant democracy, it would be difficult to suggest that the communal harmony between Buddhists & Muslims would have prevailed. You need to know a bit of history of Rohingya Muslims and why the general ethnic non muslim residents of Burma are against them. ( Notice , I have written resident ethinic burmese not the junta,even though military junta too is against them). There is a reason why the so uber cool peace loving Aung San Su Ki also did not spoke against the regime or in favor of these muslims.
While I can hardly pass judgement from so far away, I would find it hard to believe that it was the Buddhists who escalated this to violence, especially to such proportions - 10 people dead.