» 06/24/2013, 00.00
Francis Khoo Thwe
Anti-Muslim violence could lead to extremism, says archbishop of Yangon
Archbishop Charles Bo talks to AsiaNews about the country's "tense situation". He does not exclude "new dangers" for Muslims, but if an Islamist group should emerge, it would sow chaos and terror. For the prelate, Catholics could act as a 'bridge', keeping channels of communication open. On Thursday, the country's religious leaders are scheduled to meet in Yangon.
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Karen State: Buddhist militants erect a pagoda on land owned by an Anglican church
The incident occurred in Hlaingbwe, a village in south-eastern Myanmar. U Thuzana, a 73-year-old Buddhist monk from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, ordered the construction in what is the latest challenge to the state’s Christian minority. For the Anglican bishop, Christians harbour “no grudges or hatred”.
Rakhine: hundreds of civilians flee fighting between Burmese and Arakan forces
The state has been the scene of violence between Burmese Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya. At least 300 people hastily fled the village Pyingso, in western Myanmar. Activists denounce the lack of food and resources for displaced people. The government’s peace plan now appears in jeopardy.
Young Catholics are "involved every day in Myanmar’s growth, development and democracy"
Bosco Sawthuya, president of the Catholic Youth Commission, spoke to AsiaNews about the value of the Catholic presence in the country, a source of harmony, unity and solidarity among different ethnic groups. For him, the goal is to contribute to the process of transition currently underway. The seventh National Youth Congress was held from 21 to 26 April, ending in a Mass led by Cardinal Bo.
Archbishop of Yangon calls for an end to violence between Buddhists and Muslims
For Archbishop Bo, "love and compassion" are central to the country's main faiths. He wants "joint action" to end clashes. Youth groups adopt his initiative. President Thein Sein does not exclude the use of force against "troublemakers." Political experts see the flare-up in violence as an attempt to put power back into the hands of the military.
In Mandalay, 362 people arrested after sectarian violence but culprits still free
Hundreds of people are arrested for curfew violation. Sixteen are detained for gun possession without a licence. However, the people sought in two murders are still on the run. Myanmar president threatens media if the country's "stability" is undermined.
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