On March 21, a group of young armed Buddhist monks held and threatened several journalists, including a reporter from Radio Free Asia’s Myanmar Service. The reporters had witnessed the monks damaging a mosque and a house in Burma’s riot-torn Meikhtila city. The monks destroyed the memory cards seized from digital cameras of the journalists before letting them go. One of the reporters, was held at knife point. After being let go, the journalists ran into a monastery where they were given refuge for several hours before police arrived. “We saw a group of monks destroying a mosque and a house near Thiri Street as we were in a car taking some pictures in town,” Kyaw Zaw Win, the RFA reporter in the media group, said.
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