Buddhist Nationalists Raise New Fears Among Myanmar’s Muslims

Peace and Freedom

YANGON — Religious tensions are on the rise again in Myanmar, after masked assailants attacked young Muslims and nationalists led by Buddhist monks set up protest camps in major cities this week.

While the Muslim minority is buffeted by outbreaks of mob violence and places of worship have been shuttered, a small but vocal group of nationalists say the fledgling government of Aung San Suu Kyi is failing to stand up for the Buddhist majority.

In the early hours of Thursday, a group of about 30 people armed with sticks and swords entered the Muslim-majority Sakya Nwe Sin neighbourhood in the former royal capital, Mandalay, according to a resident.

A local administrator said two young Muslim men were injured, but authorities insisted the incident was not sectarian.

“That was just a fight between youngsters,” said Police Major Maung…

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