In Myanmar, Apartheid Tactics Against Minority Muslims

Jason Szep, Reuters, May 15, 2013

A 16-year-old Muslim boy lay dying on a thin metal table. Bitten by a rabid dog a month ago, he convulsed and drooled as his parents wedged a stick between his teeth to stop him from biting off his tongue.

Swift treatment might have saved Waadulae. But there are no doctors, painkillers or vaccines in this primitive hospital near Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State in western Myanmar. It is a lonely medical outpost that serves about 85,300 displaced people, almost all of them Muslims who lost their homes in fighting with Buddhist mobs last year.


These trash-strewn camps represent the dark side of Myanmar’s celebrated transition to democracy: apartheid-like policies segregating minority Muslims from the Buddhist majority. As communal violence spreads, nowhere are these practices more brutally enforced than around Sittwe.

In an echo of what happened in the Balkans after the fall of communist Yugoslavia, the loosening of authoritarian control in Myanmar is giving freer rein to ethnic hatred.

President Thein Sein, a former general, said in a May 6 televised speech his government was committed to creating “a peaceful and harmonious society in Rakhine State.”

But the sand dunes and barren paddy fields outside Sittwe hold a different story. Here, emergency shelters set up for Rohingya Muslims last year have become permanent, prison-like ghettos. Muslims are stopped from leaving at gunpoint. Aid workers are threatened. Camps seethe with anger and disease.

In central Sittwe, ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and local officials exult in what they regard as a hard-won triumph: streets almost devoid of Muslims. Before last year’s violence, the city’s Muslims numbered about 73,000, nearly half its population. Today, there are fewer than 5,000 left.

Myanmar’s transformation from global pariah to budding democracy once seemed remarkably smooth. After nearly half a century of military dictatorship, the quasi-civilian government that took power in March 2011 astonished the world by releasing dissidents, relaxing censorship and re-engaging with the West.

Then came the worst sectarian violence for decades. Clashes between Rakhine Buddhists and stateless Rohingya Muslims in June and October 2012 killed at least 192 people and displaced 140,000. Most of the dead and homeless were Muslims.


The crisis poses the biggest domestic challenge yet for the reformist leaders of one of Asia’s most ethnically diverse countries. Muslims make up about 5 percent of its 60 million people. Minorities, such as the Kachin and the Shan, are watching closely after enduring persecution under the former junta.


Sittwe’s last remaining Muslim-dominated quarter, Aung Mingalar, is locked down by police and soldiers who patrol all streets leading in and out. Muslims can’t leave without written permission from Buddhist local authorities, which Muslims say is almost impossible to secure.

Metal barricades, topped with razor wire, are opened only for Buddhist Rakhines. Despite a ban against foreign journalists, Reuters was able to enter Aung Mingalar. Near-deserted streets were flanked by shuttered shops. Some Muslims peered from doors or windows.

On the other side of the barricades, Rakhine Buddhists revel in the segregation.

“I don’t trust them. They are not honest,” said Khin Mya, 63, who owns a general store on Sittwe’s main street. “Muslims are hot-headed; they like to fight, either with us or among themselves.”

Ei Mon Kyaw, 19, who sells betel nut and chewing tobacco, said Muslims are “really dirty. It is better we live apart.”

State spokesman Win Myaing, a Buddhist, explained why Aung Mingalar’s besieged Muslims were forbidden from speaking to the media. “It’s because they all tell lies,” he said. He also denied the government had engaged in ethnic cleansing, a charge leveled most recently by Human Rights Watch in an April 22 report.

“How can it be ethnic cleansing? They are not an ethnic group,” he said from an office on Sittwe’s main street, overlooking an empty mosque guarded by soldiers and police.


In Sittwe’s harbor, India is funding a $214 million port, river and road network that will carve a trade route into India’s landlocked northeast. From Kyaukphyu, a city 65 miles southeast of Sittwe, gas and oil pipelines stretch to China’s energy-hungry northwest. Both projects capitalize on Myanmar’s growing importance at Asia’s crossroads.

That promise has been interrupted by communal tensions that flared into the open after the rape and murder of a Buddhist woman by Muslim men in May last year. Six days later, in retribution, a Buddhist mob beat 10 Muslims to death. Violence then swept Maungdaw, one of the three Rohingya-majority districts bordering Bangladesh, on June 8. Rohingya mobs destroyed homes and killed an unknown number of Rakhines.

The clashes spread to Sittwe. More than 2,500 homes and buildings went up in flames, as Rohingya and Rakhine mobs rampaged. When the smoke cleared, both suffered losses, though the official death toll for Rohingya – 57 – was nearly double that for Buddhist Rakhines. Entire Muslim districts were razed.

October saw more violence. This time, Buddhist mobs attacked Muslim villages across the state over five days, led in some cases by Rakhine nationalists tied to a powerful political party, incited by Buddhist monks and abetted at times by local security forces..


But the violence kept spreading. Anti-Muslim unrest, whipped up by Buddhist monks, killed at least 44 people in the central city of Meikhtila in March. In April and May, Buddhist mobs destroyed mosques and hundreds of Muslim homes just a few hours’ drive from Yangon, the country’s largest city.

Thein Sein responded by sending troops to volatile areas and setting up an independent commission into the Rakhine violence. Its recommendations, released April 27, urged meetings of Muslim and Buddhist leaders to foster tolerance, Muslims to be moved to safer ground ahead of the storm season, and the continued segregation of the two communities “until the overt emotions subside.”


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  • White Mom in WDC

    Ok. I am thoroughly confused. I though Buddhists were all about peace and enlightenment. What gives?

    • PDK / K-S S

      Even a Buddhist can intuit a raised cobra’s intent. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and worse, as the Buddhists know, there is no cure for Islam. Thanks

    • Jefferson

      Why do you care, are you siding with the Muslims ? I wish White people in White countries would treat their Muslim Minority population the the same way that Burmese Buddhists do.

      But White people have too much White guilt to ever do that. White people have become too soft. That is why Nonwhites are not scared to step all over us, just like what happened in Baton Rouge for example.

    • dukem1

      Really. Buddhist mobs? Things are worse than I thought.

    • Talltrees

      Congratulations to the Buddhists. They finally became sick of it. However, the only good thing about Myanmar are the Ceylon Sapphires.

    • Paleoconn

      Even peaceful enlightened people have their limits, and Muslims don’t waste much time in testing an host group’s limits in any country.

  • White Mom in WDC

    The future for us here perhaps? How many more white people will be maimed and murdered before we drive the scourge out? Even peaceful Buddhists have limits

  • Manaphy

    How can Diversity be such a great thing when even non-whites, such as these Buddhists and Muslims, are doing everything in their power to reject it?

    • GM (Australia)

      It should also be noticed that this violence seems to have flared up only since the very strong military elite relaxed it’s control in that country. Very similar to what happened in the Balkans after Tito, that is, conflict involving Muslims The only difference is that the Burmese Buddhists are looking after their own while in the Balkans conflict the West, particularly the USA under Bill Clinton, sided with the Muslims.

      A lesson for all of us is to make sure that those people we place in a position power or authority over us, be it a policeman or a president, are on OUR side.

      • IstvanIN

        Bill Clinton is a war criminal for what he did to the Serbian people.

        • Whirlwinder

          Amen. He is definately on the wrong side of history on this one.

    • Whirlwinder

      Diversity is a tool of the socialists to split our society. Divide and conquer.

  • A lesson can be learned here. Buddhists, who have a reputation as being peaceful, feel the need to pre-emptively keep the numbers of Muslims low and controlled in their country. I do not feel their chief motive is violence as much as it is choosing the path that will result in the least amount of violence in the future.

    • StillModerated

      By “low and controlled” I believe Burma is shooting for zero mohammedans. Most of the Rohingya are people who drifted out of Bangladesh, so they’re not really Burmese — they are unarmed invaders who will get petrodollar backing from Saudi Arabia.

  • PDK/Kelto-Scandic Secessionist

    This is an improved update of an earlier post; thanks,

    Most people are of the mistaken belief that Europe’s dark
    ages began with the fall of Rome in AD 476. This is not true. Europe’s dark
    ages began shortly after Mohammed sent his Muslims out to conquer the world at
    or near his own death, circa AD 632, a sesquicentennial later. What transpired
    then to cause the collapse of Roman civilization, the Mediterranean world, were
    in fact those very Muslims on the march for Allah and Mohammed.

    The man who postulated this thesis was Henri Pirenne, a Belgian
    historian, born circa 12/1862- died 10/1935. His book was published as Mohammed
    and Charlemagne shortly after his death. Apparently, Henri was imprisoned by
    Germany during WW1, and wrote his book, while in prison, from memory, and then
    upon release at wars end, unbelievably, he put his manuscript down never to
    return to. I believe this is what happened as best I understand it.

    Further, it appears to me his great work may have been lost
    forever but for one of his sons finding his work, editing it into completion and
    subsequently publishing it, in 1937.

    The Muslims did then what they do now, bring their faith of ruination and
    destruction into all the lands they invade, conquer, submit and further, with
    the intent to enslave all people to their misogynistic, inferiority complexed,
    hateful and insane religion. Unbelievably, white liberals embrace these people.

    When those very Muslims destroyed the civilization the
    Roman’s built in SW Asia, the Levant, NA and the Iberian Peninsula, the fair
    free trade that supported the Roman civilization was destroyed as well,
    eliminating the wealth creation process and ushered in the poverty that
    subsequently caused the dark ages.

    It was with the Crusades that the middle ages began. In the late 11th century
    Pope Urban the 2nd, called for European Christians to retake the Holy Land, as
    the Muslim conquerors were beheading European Christians on their pilgrimage to
    the said, Holy Land. This effort helped spurred the growth of European culture,
    and therefore helped lead Europe on into the renaissance.

    For me, the state of affairs between European, white
    Christians and Islam remained fairly stable from the end of the Crusades until the
    late 19th, early 20th century, when American oil men I
    believe, found oil in the Arab deserts of the Middle East. Capitalism came to
    Islam, and this meant wealth creation, which in turn, spurred a resurgence of
    sorts, in loser Islam, by Muslins, as reflected in the birth of the Muslim
    Brotherhood, by one Hassan el-Banna in 1928.

    Since that time Islam has been growing by leaps and bounds.
    Like mushrooms after a rain storm, the Muslims took advantage of the oil money
    and sprouted fast and furious as mushrooms must do before the life creating
    wealth dries up, and this to further Mohammed’s directive to conquer, submit
    and enslave all to their insanity of Islam.

    Meanwhile, white liberals the world over began adopting the
    liberal ideological concept of the “White man’s burden” at least as early as
    the 1830s. This insanity of white liberals, be they the flock of immaturity or
    be they the Good Shepard white leaders of the megalominiacism of a
    God-complexed, narcissistic personality, is forcing upon all whites the burden
    of parenting and saving all non-whites, to the point of, “invading and raiding”,
    our treasures of cultural wealth and gene pool.

    The liberal nightmare falsely perceived as a dream, where
    all will be delivered to a new Promised Land of Utopia, will in reality lead
    only to a Dystopia, from which our posterity will be forced to slog through
    their slough, perhaps never to rendezvous with their happiness which only the
    living in harmony with their nature can bring.

    Blacks, browns, Islamics and all the world’s losers, intend
    to rifle our locks, raid our treasures and sub-plant us in our own land.

    Secession is the answer, the only answer.

    This post dispatched from the “Sanctuary of the Herald/Crier
    Project” for secession and a future harmonious life in happiness. Thank you.

    • Thanks so much for reference. I read a lot of medieval history but am unfamiliar with this. I’ve found a copy on for others wishing to read his work:

      • PDK / K-S S

        Thanks for the mention Jack. Thanks.

      • Sangraal

        Thanks PDK and Jack Cade, this looks intriguing. Liberals and Muslims themselves often parrot the reverse of this thesis, claiming that post-Roman Europe was pulled out of the ‘dark ages’ by its contact with (read; attempted invasion by) Islam. Apparently Islamic influence ‘enriched’ Europe – a familiar narrative emerges.

        They credit Islamic architecture as a source for early medieval European architecture (Carolingian etc.) rather than the Roman/Byzantine source of both.

        They also attribute the Renaissance to European contact with Islam, via Islamic scholarship and preservation of Classical learning. Never mind the milennium of Byzantine civilisation (which Islam brought to an end), the Roman Church, the monasteries, or even race-memory – no, Islam enriched us by paying us with our own coin, that we foolish Europeans had carelessly discarded!

        I do not deny the prowess of medieval Islamic civilisation – credit where credit is due – but, I wonder if Mohammed’s Arab desert-peoples could have achieved this had they not conquered and assimilated the pre-Islamic civilisation of the Levant and North Africa (Berbers, Syrians, Copts etc.)?

        Contemporary historians are too politically correct to honestly and critically explore these matters – no doubt the 1930s were free from such hand-wringing reservations.

        • PDK / K-S S

          Thanks Sangraal; I believe the hand-wringing phenomenon with historians was as bad in the 1930s as it is today. Giving Islam the credit they are due, destruction, ruination and conquering, submitting and enslaving, was as problematical for cowardly, and one world liberals in both the 19th and 20th centuries as it is today. Apparently Henri’s thesis was not well received by fellow, undoubtedly liberal, historians when published in 1937.
          Perhaps this is why so few people are aware of Henri’s very important to humanity, Opus Magnus, “Mohammed and Charlemagne”. Thanks friend.

        • saxonsun

          Yes, people from the Byzantine Empire were instrumental in influencing the Italian Renaissance but one never hears about that.

        • Whirlwinder

          Sangraal, Islam has nothing to offer civilization from 1400 years of conquering, slaughtering and enslaving the dominated populace. And the declining natives of their conquests contributed to whatever advances were made in the muslims miserable world.

          • crystalevans

            Muslims also have a tendency to abuse women. Forcing them to wear the veil and killing them (honor killings) when they do not behave like they want them to.

      • PDK

        You are welcome friend.

    • Talltrees

      You may not be Christian, but to help you understand, if not, God sees Islam as the work of Satan. In His eyes, Satan must be stopped. That means paganistic Islam stomped out. He says, “no other Gods before Me.”

      It is very unlike true Christianity to allow something like Islam into our country. Something has happened to the teachings. Churches are corrupting the Bible. But, then, the Bible warns of false prophets and there are many, now.

      Christianity is conservative, not liberal; however, currently, it appears to be practiced as liberalism in many churches. Most likely, to attract more followers.
      Bible teaching churches (those that do not follow any denomination, and maybe, some Baptists) adhere to the Bible more closely than those claiming a denomination, i.e. Lutheran, Methodist, Catholics, etc. Christian denominations are those going astray.

      Liberals are using God to justify our annihilation, when in fact God would never approve of what they are doing. They are the ultimate sinners in His eyes, obeying His enemy, Satan.

      From a Christian viewpoint, God would never destroy Whites, but He’d allow the country to be destroyed if everyone turned their backs on Him.

      • PDK / K-S S

        Thanks Talltrees:
        It does not take much imagination to see Allah as Lucifer or Satan from the old Biblical story in Genesis, where God, gone out to create the world and universe, subsequently finds upon return to his Heavenly Kingdom, that Lucifer has initiated a takeover, upon which Lucifer then finds himself thrown out of God’s Kingdom by the big guy himself.
        Nor does it take much to see Mohammed as the anti-Christ, son of the devil, Lucifer.
        As far as Churches embracing the huge 3rd world, Christian flockers, here in our non-3rd world nation-state, there will be ramifications to our non-3rd world, that we of this non-3rd world nation-state will pay. However that is of little concern to the Priestly profession compared to seeing their pews filled and coffers running over.
        BTW, I chose to say non-3rd worlders because it is difficult for me to say 1st world anymore as the invasion by 3rd worlders has obviously lowered our standing below 1st world status. Thanks friend.

      • saxonsun

        But god would approve of you and your type?! Scary. The god you worship was made in your image–it is NOT the real God.

        • Talltrees

          In your opinion, who is the real God?

  • 8uhb

    “after the rape and murder of a Buddhist woman by Muslim men in May last
    year. Six days later, in retribution, a Buddhist mob beat 10 Muslims to
    Buddhists apparently value their women, unlike the muslims.

    • Martel

      Make that unlike whites, no where do we protect our women

  • bigone4u

    Everywhere there are Muslims mixing with non-Muslims the muzzies rape and murder, while doing it with a chip on their shoulder. A filthly lot of trash they are.

  • The__Bobster

    Before last year’s violence, the city’s Muslims numbered about 73,000, nearly half its population. Today, there are fewer than 5,000 left.
    We can learn from this.

    • Martel

      Probably the first demographic stat which doesnt depress me

    • Unperson

      I was going to post on this too, but I’ll reply here instead.

      Just look at those numbers: that’s a staggering decrease, for such short period of time! The Buddhists have totally got the Allaholics on the run. These shy bald 5’3″ meditating Burma Shavers are really getting results. Goes to show what a united, triple-digit-IQ population can do when they haven’t been sapped of their ethnic self-awareness and national pride. (And Myanmar’s not even in one of Asia’s better neighborhoods.)

      Make no mistake: Muslims provoke this sort of hostility and backlash EVERYWHERE they go. The revulsion is natural. NOBODY likes having them around — especially when Muslims migrants routinely boast about being a divine force destined to take over the entire world. The hostile, violent reaction they are receiving in the former Burma is entirely understandable: it is, in fact, the welcome that the ummah — given their FOURTEEN CENTURIES of abominable, expansionist behavior — should expect to receive in ALL countries.

      Bye-bye, Abdul. You’re not wanted. Back to the Land of Sand with you. And take your warmongering pedophile moon-god with you when you go.

  • Basketeddie

    We Americans can learn alot from the Buddhists

  • Ralph

    Conflicts and wars are part of the eternal struggle that is inherent in existence. To exist is to move. To move is to change and conflict with other things that are also moving and changing.

    Some have commented that they are surprised that some Buddhists have turned violent. There should be no surprise in this. They simply choose to exist and dominate their niche instead of being pushed into a submissive state and then into non-existence by Muslims.

    We Whites need to understand the basics involved in such things and we need to consciously start fighting back against both the little genocides we face and the major ones.

    Every time a White loses a job to a less qualified non-White, it is a little genocide. Every time a White is murdered by a non-White, it is a major genocide. Every time a White has children with a non-White it is a major genocide. Everything that diminishes us as the distinct people we are is a form of genocide.

    If we want to continue to exist and dominate our niches, we’d better start using our brains and then follow that with our brawn, because we’re being picked off one by one and family by family.

    And, we can’t keep shirking our individual responsibility by pointing at some “them” who are doing this to us. If we don’t fight back and assert ourselves, we deserve to go extinct. It is nature’s way.

  • Q-ship

    Well done, Buddhists of Burma. They should be emulated. The totalitarian political ideology Islam cannot be reasoned with. They only understand violence.

    Islam is haram.

  • I’m getting tired of the western media whipping up of stories of Muslims being persecuted. First Syria and now this. The truth is that people in those countries know that Sunni Muslims are out to conquer and subjugate the land they settle. That is why Buddhists in Myanmar and alawites/Christians/druze/shias and secularists in Syria are battling these savages. I noticed how the western media ignores the suffering of the Boers, the Christians in Egypt and the continued harassment of Christians in out exalted “ally” Turkey.

  • corky

    “How can it be ethnic cleansing? They are not an ethnic group,”

    THANK YOU. God have mercy, why is this so hard to understand? Islam is not a race. Not that facts have or will ever get in the way of any left-wing media association.

    And notice how quick the media sobs when Muslims are on the receiving end! This is less than an atom of the payback they have earned.

    • you have got to ask yourself why does the media do this?

  • Sangraal

    “How can it be ethnic cleansing? They are not an ethnic group,” he said
    from an office on Sittwe’s main street, overlooking an empty mosque
    guarded by soldiers and police.

    I like this logic – we can use this…’How can we be racist? Race is a social construct’.

    I have watched these events in Burma over the past few months with interest, as the accusations (no doubt well-founded) mirror the abuses perpetrated by Muslims in Britain, and yet the disparity in native response is woeful.

    In a sane society, these men would be hung and their kin expelled – and yet they sit in prison at the expense of the taxpayer while media-liberals fall over themselves to defend the Ummah, pointing to the string of native British abusers of recent months, shrieking, ‘See? White ppl do this 2!!!’, demonising whites while absolving Muslims. Yes, these monsters are not unique to Muslims, but at least we might only have to deal with our own, rather than the perverts our government have imported.

    And where would these defenders of the faith be were the roles reversed? No doubt it would be all about race in such circumstances.

    These articles from the UK’s favourite cultural Marxist rag expose these insipid caucaso-phobes for what they are.

  • Kevin Vail

    So the Muslim hordes lose one for a change. Does anyone doubt that if the Muslims were winning, it’d be Buddhists in internment camps. I guess they can dish it out, but they can’t take it.

    • The muslims will keep trying to dominate as long as they exist, its their ideology, so its never over.

  • Whirlwinder

    So, Islam is losing the global jihad in this country? This may be the beginning of a come back by the non muslim world!

  • Luis

    Let’s see now: A Buddhist woman is raped and murdered by a gang of Muslims, and when Buddhists retaliate, Muslims scream they’re being persecuted. Yeah right.

    …”Muslims are really dirty. It’s better we live apart”…

    …”Muslims tell lies”…

    …”Muslims are hot-headed. They like to fight, either with us, or among themselves”….

    Could you imagine American pols openly saying that? Even AFTER the Boston marathon bombings?

    It’s absolutely refreshing to hear Burmese Buddhists – of all people – speak their minds, while most Americans are choking on their own political correctness, by comparison.