Quarrel over spoils of war
Burma Times Correspondent: February 06, 2015
Clashes between Rakhines in Tangup have left at least two people dead, and almost fifteen injured.
Clashes occurred when a group of Rakhine nationalists from the state capital Akyab went to Tangup and thanked the local people for their role in the anti Muslim violence. But the locals of Tangup said that the Akyab groups have been using them for their own purposes since 2012.
During 2012, rioters from Tangup were taken to Akyab to attack the Muslim population as the locals were known to Muslims who had lived side by side for many years.
Tangup is also the place where Muslim pilgrims from Rangoon were brutally killed in a mob attack that sparked the flames of the 2012 riots.
But this time the Tangup people accused the Akyab nationalists of using them to do the dirty work while keeping their hands clean. They said while Tangup did the fighting, the spoils of war e.g. land and property seized from Muslims have been kept by the Akyab Rakhines.
Many also said that the UN and the whole world was now blaming the Buddhists and there were chances of a backlash in the future. In that case, they feared that Tangup will take the fall without any aid from Akyab.
As quarrels escalated, fighting broke out leading to violence resulting in the deaths of at least two people from Akyab and injury of almost 15.
Meanwhile, people from Tangup residing in Akyab are keeping indoors as groups there look for revenge.