Sectarian violence shakes Myanmar
Sectarian violence shakes MyanmarEthnic conflict has brought deeply rooted tensions to the fore, polarising discourse both on the web and on the ground.
Buddhist men hold weapons as they guard their homes after fighting between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Sittwe June 9, 2012. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
A state of emergency has been called in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine after sectarian violence left seven dead and 17 wounded on Friday. A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in the state capital Sitwe, as well as in three other townships. Residents said those behind the violence were Muslims.
Existing tensions were inflamed last month when a Buddhist girl was murdered and raped, allegedly by three Muslims. This was followed by the lynching of 10 Muslims by 300 Buddhists on June 3.