Myanmar police forces were forced to resort to rubber bullets to disperse clashing groups of Muslims and Buddhists in the city of Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest settlement.
The actions occurred in response to continuing clashes between Muslims and Buddhists in the city, the latest outbreak of violence in a two-year period of sectarian unrest. The Myanmar police’s spokesperson has claimed that “600 officers” were deployed to control the growing Buddhist mob that was bombarding a Muslim-owned tea shop with stones.
Reports have claimed that “One policeman, three Buddhists and one Muslim were injured by stones in the incident”. In response to this the Myanmar police stated that they fire three rubber bullets in an attempt to control and disperse the crowd.
This violence continues the violent sectarian unrest in Myanmar, which has claimed the lives of more than 200 people and displaced at least a further 140’000 people since June 2012. Majority of these victims have came from the minority Muslim population of Myanmar.