Myanmar urges calm after new violence

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YANGON: Myanmar’s government called for calm on Wednesday after mobs burned down a Muslim orphanage, a mosque and shops during a new eruption of religious violence in the east of the country.

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The situation was “under control” after an overnight curfew was imposed in Lashio town in Shan State, according to police, which said the unrest was triggered by an attack on a local Buddhist woman by a Muslim man.

There were no other reports of injuries in the violence—the latest in a series of outbreaks of unrest that pose a major challenge to the country’s reformist government following the end of decades of military rule.

According to state media, the 24-year-old victim suffered burns to her chest, back and hand, but her condition was not serious.

A 48-year-old Muslim man was arrested over the incident, after which dozens of Buddhist monks gathered in front of a police station in Lashio, it said.

A presidential spokesman appealed for an end to the latest violence, saying it had “no place in the democratic society we are trying to establish.”

“I would like to ask everyone to control [themselves]so this does not happen again in Lashio or other regions,” Ye Htut said in a message posted on his official Facebook page.

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