YANGON, Burma (AP) — More than 100 monks in Burma demonstrated Friday at Bangladesh’s embassy to protest recent attacks against Buddhist temples and homes in Burma’s South Asian neighbor.

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Burma Buddhist monks walk past the Embassy of Bangladesh as police officers provide security after Buddhist monks stage a rally outside the Embassy Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Yangon, Burma. More than 100 monks have demonstrated at Bangladesh’s embassy to protest recent attacks against Buddhist temples and homes in Burma’s South Asian neighbor. Pic: AP

The Buddhist monks staged the protest in reaction to Sept. 30 riots in Bangladesh’s coastal district of Cox’s Bazar. Thousands of Muslims there set fire to at least 10 temples and 40 homes due to anger over a photo of a burned Quran posted on Facebook, allegedly by a Buddhist.

The attacks came as sectarian relations remain tense in Burma’s western Rakhine state, where clashes in June between members of the Buddhist community and Rohingya Muslims of Bengali origin left about 90 people dead.

About 300 Buddhist monks in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, staged a similar protest Wednesday outside the regional office of the United Nations.

 

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