New Myanmar government must face ethnic clashes challenge

World Today

In downtown Yangon, there’s plenty of evidence that Myanmar’s many ethnicities and religions can mix well. In Sule, Yangon’s most ethnically and religiously diverse community, trying to spread inter-ethnic harmony across the country will be a big challenge for Myanmar’s new government.

Across the street from one of Myanmar’s most important Buddhist pagodas sits one of several mosques. There are also Southern India-style Hindu temples and churches catering to ethnic minorities.

Over the past two years, tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have taken to boats to flee persecution in the western part of the country. Buddhist-Muslim violence has sometimes flared in other areas too.

The leader of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi, has remained vague, even evasive, on what she would do to ensure the rights of ethnic minorities, and in particular the sizable Muslim minority.

There is belief that the whole of Myanmar can one day become like Yangon’s Sule district – thriving, diverse and harmonious.

CCTV’s Rian Maelzer reports from Yangon.

New Myanmar government must face ethnic clashes challenge

In downtown Yangon, there's plenty of evidence that Myanmar's many ethnicities and religions can mix well. In Sule, Yangon's most ethnically and religiously diverse community, trying to spread inter-ethnic harmony across the country will be a big challenge for Myanmar's new government.