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Mon May 23, 2016, 11:17 PM


'No Muslims allowed': how nationalism is rising in Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar

Looks like the ransacking of Buddhist villages by the Muslim Rohingyas in 2012 is spiralling into a religious confrontation.


'No Muslims allowed': how nationalism is rising in Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar

Poppy McPherson - Monday 23 May 2016 03.11

At the entrance to Thaungtan village there’s a brand-new sign, bright yellow, that bears the message: “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No Muslims allowed to rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.”

The post was erected in late March by Buddhist residents of the village in Myanmar’s lush Irrawaddy delta region who signed, or were strong-armed into signing, a document asserting that they wanted to live separately.

Since then a couple of other villages across the country have followed suit. Small but viciously insular, these “Buddhist-only” outposts serve as microcosms of the festering religious tensions that threaten Myanmar’s nascent experiment with democracy.


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