Myanmar monks protest Bangladesh attacks

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Associated Press

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 6:33 PM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — More than 100 monks in Myanmar demonstrated Friday at Bangladesh's embassy to protest recent attacks against Buddhist temples and homes in Myanmar's South Asian neighbor.

The Buddhist monks staged the protest in reaction to Sept. 30 riots in Bangladesh's coastal district of Cox's Bazar. Thousands of Muslims there set fire to at least 10 temples and 40 homes due to anger over a photo of a burned Quran posted on Facebook, allegedly by a Buddhist.

The attacks came as sectarian relations remain tense in Myanmar's western Rakhine state, where clashes in June between members of the Buddhist community and Rohingya Muslims of Bengali origin left about 90 people dead.

About 300 Buddhist monks in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, staged a similar protest Wednesday outside the regional office of the United Nations.

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