Mandalay activists urge religious harmony

Mandalay activists urge religious harmony

More than 50 activists of various religious denominations turned out in the streets of Mandalay on Monday to promote peaceful co-existence among the different faiths.

Calling themselves the Supporters of Concord, and campaigning under the slogan, “Let’s shape a beautiful future without discrimination”, the multi-faith activists handed out bottles of drinking water to passers-by and urged harmony.

Campaign organiser Zaw Zaw Latt said, “We wish for peace among different communities in Burma.”

The Supporters of Concord group was founded in the central Burmese city over one year ago. Zaw Zaw Latt said among its members are Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Hindus and even some followers of the Baha’i faith.

Burma has been racked with communal violence in recent years between majority Buddhists and the Muslim community. Historical tensions have become particularly enflamed in the western state of Arakan where mob attacks between Arakanese Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims have been frequent and bloody.

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