|Police confronting the crowds in Mandalay.|
(Two were killed and several injured.)
The wealthy Bengali-Muslim brothers who own a string of teashops and restaurants in Mandalay City as a cover for their illicit drug trafficking operations are Ne Win and San Maung. After the disturbing news of their violent rape of a young Burmes-Buddhist girl breaking out yesterday more than a thousand Buddhist crowd led by monks gathered at their flagship teashop Sun-Café at the intersection of 82nd Street and 28th Street and demanded justice.
Meanwhile a large group of Mandalay Muslims worrying about the severe impact on their businesses and their lives were already gathering at the Sun-Café to demand the Muslim-Mafia brothers behave or they themselves would kill their fellow Muslims. Situation was so explosive a whole battalion of Burma-Security-Police has taken a position between two large crowds.
It happened in the late night of June-28. The young victim Soe Soe works for the Muslim-Mafia brothers San Maung and Ne Win at their Sun-Café as a cook-cum-kitchenhand and at the shop-closing time at about 10 pm in June-28 two brothers took her forcefully in their white luxury sedan.
They then drove towards Nay Pyi Daw where they have a couple of tea shops. On the way to Nay Pyi Daw from Mandalay at about 1 am in the early morning of June-29 they stopped the car at roadside in the Yout-thwar-inn Ward of Pyinmanar. She was sitting at the back seat and two brothers were at front seat.
Later Soe Soe the rape victim alleged that Muslim San Maung came to rear seat and violently raped her once. He then went back to front and Muslim Ne Win the younger brother came and raped her once more.
They then drove on and at the traffic point at nearby Myin-yadanar Ward in Pyinmanar they pushed Soe Soe out off the car and then drove away. The cops found Soe Soe there and took her to the Pyinmanar Hospital and then started searching for two Muslim brother rapists who were now hiding in their home-base Mandalay City.
Today June-1 at about 8 pm nearly 500 Bengali-Muslims gathered at 27th Street and 82nd Street near Sun-Café and started quarrelling each other and later the public fighting escalated. A small squad of Security-Police tried to quell the Muslim crows without success as Muslim crowd was getting larger and larger.
One group of Muslims were claiming that they were there to protect their Muslim brothers while the opposing group claimed that they were there to drive the bad Muslim-Mafia out of their town.
Soon Muslims were attacking the Security-Police as more and more Security-Police (Lone-Htain) had arrived and taken positions along 26th, 27th, and 28th streets. The policemen also cut the power to the residential wards in the area.
By then the angry crowd of Burmese-Buddhists had entered the area from 26th Street and confronted the Muslim crowds. Large line of Security-Police had already blocked the 26th and 82nd streets and positioned themselves as separation-barrier between Muslims and Buddhist crowds.
|San Maung's Sun-Cafe the site of anti-Muslim race riots in Mandalay.|
Bloody Riots Escalated As The Army Is Called In
People from both sides are now throwing stones and objects to each other over and across the police line despite the police firing multiple warning shots into the air. Two Buddhist were reportedly killed by Muslim sword while a few policemen were also badly injured.
Angry Buddhists then started destroying the Muslim shops and houses on nearby 76th Street while a large Muslim crowd from Tho-Chaung Muslim Ward were believed to be coming towards the now riots-torn inner-city area.
As the dangerous situation is now quickly becoming totally out-of-control in Burma’s second largest city army battalions has been called in to quell the rioting crowds both Burmese-Buddhists and Bengali-Muslims.
|Htun Htun, one of 12 Buddhists killed.|
|Htun Htun, one of twelve Buddhists killed in Mandalay riots.|
|Mandalay the second largest city in Burma now is under 9-to-5 curfew.|