YANGON, Burma (AP) — The funeral of a Buddhist man killed during sectarian violence this week in the central Myanmar city of Mandalay has stirred passions but no apparent major unrest.
Calm was restored to the city with an overnight curfew declared Thursday after two nights of violence directed by Buddhist extremists against Muslims. One Muslim and one Buddhist were killed, and 14 people injured. The unrest raised fears that ethnic violence that has plagued the country for two years may escalate again.
Hundreds of people on foot and motorcycle joined the funeral procession Friday for the Buddhist man who had been killed. His hearse was draped with a poster of his bloody body blaming Muslims for his death. The crowd damaged a Muslim cemetery and threw stones at mosques but otherwise avoided violence.