Thandwe, Myanmar — The office of Myanmar President U Thein Sein issued a statement saying the recent anti-Muslim violence in Rakhine State’s Thandwe may have been the work of outside forces, according to reports.
A report by state media said, “According to the evidence in hand, rioters who set fire to the villages are outsiders. Participation of all is needed to expose and arrest those who got involved in the incident and those instigating the conflict behind the scene”.
The report noted that the local people of different religions have lived together peacefully for many years.
State media also said that “Violence with the attempts of turning the trivial argument and ordinary crime into racial and religious clashes are unacceptable”.
Buddhist mobs reportedly went on a violent anti-Muslim rampage for several days in the area.
The violence has left at least five people dead and some 114 homes set on fire. Two mosques and a petrol station were also destroyed.
President Thein Sein visited the region in recent days and urged the people to ensure “peace, stability and rule of law”.
The situation in Thandwe is reportedly now stable due to a heightened security presence and an imposed curfew.
Six suspects have been arrested since the violence broke out on September 29, but details of the charges they face have not yet been made public. Image/AP/news.yahoo.com