Supporters of a woman who suffered a horrific acid attack in Mon State three months ago gathered in Rangoon today to call for justice and an end to gender-based violence.
The attacks come after a period of relative calm in the town following a crackdown on youth brawls five months ago.
Women’s rights groups and activists marked the International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women across Burma today.
Despite many being barred from casting a vote, and few Muslim candidates contesting seats in the election, Muslim voters in Rangoon said they were hopeful.
Community leaders in Mon State fear a spate of recent attacks are racially motivated and attempts to foment inter-communal tensions here in the run up to Burma’s 8 November polls.
International rights groups condemn the violent attacks on protestors, and denounce the police for drafting in pro-government thugs to assist them.