Disturbing Buddhist Trend toward Violence

Recent incidents of anti-Muslim religious nationalism in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, ostensibly in defense of the Theravada Buddhist faith held by the majority, have opened fresh cultural and political wounds. Growing violence appears in danger of spinning completely out of control in Burma, most lately in the town of Okkan on the outskirts of Yangon, where a Buddhist mob burned as many as a dozen homes and ransacked a shop shouting "Let's destroy the property of Muslims." Two mosques were desecrated and Qurans were torn to pieces.

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