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Radical Buddhist monks target Muslims in Myanmar
03:20 - Source: CNN

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Anti-Muslim rhetoric is becoming part of mainstream discourse in Buddhist Myanmar

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Meiktila, Myanmar CNN  — 

It has been more than been two years since this town in Myanmar burned with the fires of deadly violence. Look closely, and there are haunting scars left behind.

The shells of mosques still stand – torched, looted and overgrown with lush vegetation.

Local authorities have boarded up other mosques that weren’t seriously damaged in mob violence by Meiktila’s Buddhist majority against the Muslim minority. They did not answer reporters’ questions about why.

At least 44 people were killed in days of clashes in April 2013 after a dispute erupted between Muslims and Buddhists in a market here, according to official figures.