Muslim community demands protection

17 May 2019
Muslim community demands protection
A shutdown temporary prayer place with the poster on its wall showing the permission document of Yangon Regional Government after mobs forced local authorities to close, Yangon, Myanmar, 16 May 2019. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

The leader of Myanmar's Muslim community demanded on Thursday that the government protect Muslims' religious rights during the holy month of Ramadan after three temporary places of worship were forcibly closed down by a mob, Anadolu Agency reported.

A group of about 200 people surrounded one of three houses, designated by regional authorities as temporary places of worship during the Muslim holy month of the Ramadan in Yangon’s South Dagon township, demanding their immediate shut down on Wednesday night.

Upon the request of the local officials, Muslim residents agreed to close all three places of worship the same night in an effort to avoid further tension.