Reported by Burma Task Force:
Muslims in Mandalay, central Burma, are under attack. Burma’s second-largest city has been quiet for two years, but for the last two nights, its Muslims have been terrorized throughout the night by Buddhist mobs lead by some extremist monks. They have already destroyed several Muslim businesses and a mosque.
The chief administrator of Mandalay is a former head of military intelligence who has well-known hostilities towards Muslims. He let the Meiktila massacres take place in March 2013, although he was informed about what was happening.
Burma Task Force has the following eyewitnesses reports from the city of Mandalay:
“Mob gathering near Thiri market and started singing Burmese National Anthem ..."This is my country, this is land and we own this land" implying that Muslims are foreigners. They used these songs when attacking in Meiktila last year.”
“On 22nd street motor bike riders came - this is the same kind of tactic used in attacks on other cities. No one is stopping them. They are going around attacking.”
“Muslims are in constant fear …"
“Some people are in the the Joon Masjid ... blockading themselves and protecting the masjid. The police is outside, but we know police and security forces are not to be trusted …”
This can escalate if we don’t take immediate action.
Experience has shown us that the Burmese security forces are far more likely to intervene in a case like this when your timely phone calls make the Burmese government aware that the world is watching. We have done this successfully in the past.
Call the Burmese embassy and remind them that it is the responsibility of the government to protect all citizens including Muslims (202) 332-3344.
Call the Secretary of State’s office and request that he also put pressure on Burma (202) 647-4000.