Aftermath of violence in Burma
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Burma: At least 20 dead in mob violence

What began as a dispute at a gold shop in a central Burmese town has escalated quickly into brutal mob violence.

At least 20 people have been killed in the town of Meiktila.

Dozens of buildings have been burned down in rioting among Buddhists and Muslims with eyewitnesses reporting that police stood by and did nothing to stop the violence.

The unrest presents a major challenge for a country emerging from decades of military rule.

Jonathan Head reports.

  • 22 Mar 2013
  • From the section Asia
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