Anti-Muslim Violence spread in Burma: Newly Attacks in Sit Kwin village of Minhla Township
Muslims in Burma were in hiding and fearful for their lives as sectarian violence led by Buddhist mobs continues to spread across central regions of the country. The anti-Muslim violence has flared up in Sit Kwin and left many homes, shops, and mosques utterly destroyed.
Since 42 people were killed in violence that erupted on March 20, unrest led by hardline Buddhists has spread to at least 10 other towns and villages in central Myanmar. Now dusk to dawn curfews are in effect many areas of the surrounding region, and several townships are under a state of emergency.
Crowds have been fired up by anti-Muslim rhetoric spread by phone and social media websites from monks preaching a so-called "969 movement". The number is derived from Buddhism referring to various attributes of the Buddha, but it has come to represent a radical form of anti-Islamic nationalism.