Death Toll in Burma Ethnic Strife Hits 112
Clashes between Buddhist and Muslim communities continue
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 26, 2012 7:05 AM CDT
Myanmar Buddhist monks offer prayers during a rally against recent violence in Rakhine state, at Sule pagoda in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.    ((AP Photo))

(Newser) – The death toll from recent ethnic violence in Burma's western state of Rakhine has surpassed 100, an official said today, as the government warned that the strife risks harming the country's reputation as it seeks to install democratic rule. Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing said 112 people had been killed in clashes that began Sunday between members of the Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya communities. He said 72 people were reported injured, including 10 children.

The government announced earlier that almost 2,000 homes had been burned down in the conflict. "As the international community is closely watching Myanmar's democratic transition, such unrest could tarnish the image of the country," reads a statement from the office of President Thein Sein published today in the state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper. Thein Sein took office as an elected president last year, and has instituted economic and political liberalization after almost half a century of repressive military rule.

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ObamaliberalsSuck
Oct 28, 2012 10:40 AM CDT
If you want a Peaceful , Nice country, THROW OUR ALL MUSLIMS!!! They are taking over Asia One Nation at a time Look at your neighbor, Thailand, Muslims took over the island years ago, Now wants Sharia law for all, and Kill any Non Muslim they find Kill or Deport, OR, Kill and then deport, ALL MUSLIMS, IT IS YOUR ONLY CHANCE FOR A BETTER COUNTRY!!
awojoone1
Oct 27, 2012 1:14 AM CDT
I hope to see TEN THOUSAND VERY DEAD MUZZSLUMS !
right2dave
Oct 26, 2012 9:35 AM CDT
Will we still be getting our aftershave?