Fresh riots have flared in Northern Arakan state with a group of Muslim residents destroying local restaurants and schools this afternoon as sectarian tensions erupted in the wake of anti-Muslim violence
The United Nations has warned aid workers in western Burma of rising hostility and imminent protests from troubled Arakan State’s majority Buddhists, some of whom say humanitarian agencies are giving support to Rohingya Muslim militants.
Burma’s government says a group inspired by Islamist militants was behind recent attacks on police border posts in Arakan State.
Arakan State’s Border Affairs Ministry says it will demolish buildings constructed in border townships without permission from local authorities, including mosques and madrasas.
A senior US official says he’s “encouraged” by the efforts of Burma’s new government to resolve religious tensions in Arakan State, but others are less impressed.
The Arakan National Party has condemned the Burmese government’s suggestion that the ethnic Rohingya be referred to as the “Muslim community in Arakan State”.