Myanmar Government typically attempts instigate anti-Muslim conflicts for strategic purposes

"In 1997, the junta became aware of the monks' plan to protest against the regional (military) commander's improper renovation of a famous Buddhist statue in Mandalay. Before the monks could launch the protests, a rumor emerged that a Buddhist woman had been raped by a Muslim businessman. The government diverted their attention from the regional commander to the Muslim businessman, eventually causing an anti-Muslim riot. Some observers noted that that intelligence agents often instigate anti-Muslim riots in order to prevent angry Buddhist monks from engaging in anti-government activities. (pp. 137-138)"

Source: Kyaw Yin Hlaing, "Challenging the Authoritarian State: Buddhist Monks and Peaceful Protests in Burma, Issues and Policy", The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, 2008.

Kyaw Yin Hlaing is a former assistant professor from the City University of Hong Kong. He now serves as ex-General and President Thein Sein's adviser and directs the government's Dialogue Program, Myanmar Peace Center (MPC).



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