|A dead Muslim man in Thandwe.|
Meanwhile the race riots have spread like wildfire to nearby villages, and many people from both sides were killed and wounded. Both Muslim and Buddhist properties were destroyed and burned down as the riots intensified all over Thandwe Township.
Baw-di-gone Rubber Plantation Burning
On September 30 at about 7 in the evening two Buddhist workers from the Muslim-owned plantation about 3 miles from Thandwe’s Baw-di-gone burned their own caretaker hut and tried to flee.
They were chased and attacked by the Muslim villagers from Tha-byu-chai Muslim village. One Buddhist worker Soe Yan Naing was wounded in head and he was taken to Thandwe Hospital.
Fighting Between Sin-gaung Buddhists and Tha-byu-chai Muslims
|Two wounded Yakhine-Buddhist men in Thandwe hospital.|
Tha-byu-chai Muslim village-group has three villages namely Lower Tha-byu-chai and Middle Tha-byu-chai and Taungbaw Tha-byu-chai. Altogether more than 3,000 Benglai-Muslims from Tha-byu-chai overshadow the neighbouring Yahine-Buddhist villages including the Sin-gaung village.
Troubles began by Tha-byu-chai Muslims surrounding the Sin-gaung Buddhist village and trying to burn down the village at about 4 in the morning of October-1. The Yakhine-Buddhists with the help from a handful of security-police there repulsed the Muslim attack.
Later in the morning more than 200 Sin-gaung villagers marched to Taungbaw Tha-byu-chai to attack the Muslims. They were also repulsed by Muslims there with the help of security-police arriving in time to quell the race riots. The police there shot and arrested three Buddhists along with their motorbikes.
Taungbaw Tha-byu-chai Muslim village Attacked by Buddhists
|A dead Muslim man in Thandwe.|
The attack was allegedly led by the local RNDP (Rakhine Nationalities Development Party) leader Ko Ko Lay and former police officer Soe Naung Oo from the Yakhine Social-welfare Network. The attack has been allegedly coordinated and planned at mid-day September-30 by Taunggup Network and Thandwe Ngapali Network and the 969-groups in Thandwe.
But the Muslim villagers managed to repel the Buddhist attack and the security police from Thandwe also arrived there in time to quell the riots. All together 6 Yakhin-Buddhists including three of their leaders were arrested by the police. Only two houses were burned down there then.
Bengali-Muslims In Thandwe Declares Jihad On Yakhine-Buddhists
|A wounded Yakhine-Buddhist man in Thandwe hospital.|
The Bengali-Muslim Imams also explained that the unprovoked attacks by Yakhin-Buddhist political parties and various 969-gropus had forced their hands into defending themselves against the Yakhine-Buddhists.
Following is the list of Bengali-Muslim properties destroyed or set fire to by the Yakhine-Buddhists on Septemer-30 alone in Thandwe Town.
1. U Htun Tin’s house at No-6 Ward on West side of Baw-di-gone Dam (about 7 pm).
Buddhists are Now at Lin-tee Muslim Village
|A dead Muslim man in Thandwe.|
One local Muslim villager phoned and told the Bangladesh-based anti-Buddhist media MMM that all the Muslim men were armed and ready to repel the Buddhist attack while their elders and women and children were hiding inside the large village.
Pauk-taw Muslims fleeing from the Buddhist Mob
|A wounded Yakhine-Buddhist man in Thandwe.|
Since the security forces were busy quelling the race riots in Thandwe and Tha-byu-chai Muslim villages the Lin-thee Muslim Village was basically abandoned to the mercy of Yakhine-Buddhist attackers.
Tha-byu-chai Mosque and Arabi-Madrassa completely destroyed
According to Myanmar Muslim Media (MMM) based in Bangladesh more than 70 Muslim houses and the mosque and the Arabi-madrassa in large Muslim village of Than-byu-chai were completely destroyed by the attacking Yalkhine-Buddhists.
|A dead Muslim woman in Thandwe.|
1. Daw Aye Kyi (sword wounds).
All the bodies of the dead Muslims except U Mar Yee were taken to Thandwe and buried at Thadwe Muslim Cemetery where ten Muslims brutally killed in Taunggup last year were also buried. Mar Yee’s corpse is still lying at the road-side spot where he was killed yesterday.
Mae-gyun Muslim Village Burnt Down by Buddhists
According to the Myanmar Muslim Media (MMM) more than 1,000 Yakhin-Buddhists from the nearby Yakhin-Buddhist villages have completely burned down ten Muslim houses in the Me-gyun Muslim Village of Thandwe Township.
|A burnt-out Nuslim man in Thandwe.|
1. Daw Wa Zee.
The Buddhist mob came in from the Arn-daw side at about 4:30 pm on October-1 and they are still burning the Muslim houses by 6 pm tonight.
Buddhist Travellers Attacked By Bengali-Muslims At Shwe-hlay
|A wounded Yakhine-Buddhist.|
One young Yakhine-Buddhist woman was missing presumed gang-raped and dead. And four Yakhine-Buddhist men were seriously wounded by the Bengali-Muslims and now at Thandwe Hospital. Anotehr Yakhine-Buddhist man was also missing presumed dead.
"Three bikes and six people on their way from Taunggup to Thandwe were cut down by Bengalis at Shwe-hlay. Four are now at Thandwe Hospital. Thaung Shwe from Taunggup's Thin-gan-chay village, Yan Naing from Thandwe's Arn-daw Ward, Lin LIn Htun from Thandwe's Zee-phyu-gone, and Mya Thein from Kyauk Phyu.
One missing is a young woman and another one missing also is Ko Baw Dar from Taunggup. Yan Naing got his lung punctured by a Muslim sword. Lin Lin Htun and Mya Thein right now are in emergency-operation theater. I myself and some others brought them from Shwe Hlay Clinic this afternoon at four. The attack site was so close to the Clinic, they were lucky. We got back to Thandwe Hospital at about 6 this afternoon," said U Phoe Waing the Chairman of Social Welfare Association.
|A wounded Yakhine-Buddhist cycle-taxi man in Thandwe Hospital.|
|Wounded Yakhine-Buddhist men.|
The authorities from the local and state government are now meeting constantly with the influential Yakhine-Buddhist leaders of local 969 movement and ruling RNDP (Rakhine Nationalities Development Party) to quell the riots and bring back the situation under control.
Amidst the tight security every house in Thandwe appaears to be flying the Buddhist flags high. Every vehicles even the sidecars were flying colorful Buddhist flags as well to show the Buddhist solidarity to the Muslims.
The Thandwe town now is tightly sealed off by the armed-Buddhist-vigilantes together with Burmese Security-Police forces. Only way in and out of Thadwe now is by airplane only as Thandwe airport the gateway to the world-famous Ngapali Beach is still open to the outside world.
Since Bengali-Muslims everywhere else in Arakan were driven out of most Arakan towns during last year race-riots, the Yakhine-Buddhist nationalists have been wishing for more riots in Thandwe.
Now the Muslims in Thandwe themselves seem to have fulfilled Yakhine-Buddhist nationalists' wishes. Thandwe could become another Meikhtilar where Muslim's economic success led to their destruction in the hands of majority Burmese-Buddhists.)
|US Embassy's Press Release condemning Buddhist violence against Muslims in Thandwe.|
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