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An announced massacre

Dear Avaazers,

Right now, Buddhist communities are targeting and murdering Muslim families in Burma and burning down mosques. Only one person has the moral authority to stop these terrifying killings — Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Send an urgent message to her now to speak out and prevent the announced massacres:

Right now, Buddhist communities are targeting and murdering Muslim families in Burma and burning down mosques. Children have died in the flames and thousands have fled their homes. There is one woman that could stop these terrifying killings — opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi is the Burmese people’s most revered leader in the struggle for democracy, but she has not yet spoken out against the violence on the Muslim minorities. The Avaaz community campaigned for her release and to stop the crackdown on Burma’s democracy leaders. If enough of us join forces now we could persuade her to speak out and call for compassion to stop the bloodshed. Only she has the moral authority in Burma to stop what some are calling announced massacres.

Reports from inside the country say that further deadly attacks on the Muslim minority are planned for this week. Let’s all urgently appeal to Suu Kyi from across the world and persuade her to speak out before it is too late. Send a message to her now:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/burma_end_the_violence_a/?bvSSacb&v=23422

Attacks against the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in western Burma, have already left 120,000 people homeless and several hundred have been killed. Reports show that violence is spreading — activists warn there could be further attacks on Muslims this week and claim people have even started to dig trenches to hide from angry mobs. Just days ago, President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency after another round of deadly attacks.

But Aung San Suu Kyi has not yet spoken out about this terror. Many say she wishes to remain “neutral” and not take sides. But people have been dismayed by her silence, as only she has the moral authority in Burma to stop these killings and mediate between the Buddhists and Muslims. The world stood with her during her darkest hours — now let’s appeal to her empathy and ask her to stand with the Muslim minorities and put an end to violence.

We have no time to lose. Send a direct message to her now:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/burma_end_the_violence_a/?bvSSacb&v=23422

Time and time again, the Avaaz community has stood with the people of Burma in their fight for democracy. When the regime brutally cracked down on Buddhist monks in 2007, Avaazers donated to provide technical support and training to activists facing a communications blackout, and then donated to the humanitarian disaster after 2008’s devastating cyclone. Now, let’s urgently stand with Burma’s muslim minority and help stop another massacre.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/burma_end_the_violence_a/?bvSSacb&v=23422

With hope and determination,

Jamie, Alice, Ricken, Mia, Christoph, Pascal, Michelle and the whole Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

After Rumors, Rangoon Muslims Fear Attacks (The Irrawaddy)
http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/30479

Communal violence spreads in central Myanmar (Mizzima)
http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/9119-communal-violence-spreads-in-central-myanmar.html

Sectarian violence spreads as mobs target Muslim communities in Pegu (Democratic Voice of Burma)
http://www.dvb.no/news/sectarian-violence-spreads-as-mobs-target-muslim-communities-in-pegu/27213

Meiktila ‘like a war zone’ in aftermath of rioting (Mizzima)
http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/9122-meiktila-like-a-war-zone-in-aftermath-of-rioting.html

Burma communal violence spreads (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/25/muslim-buddhist-violence-spreads-burma

Myanmar riots stoke fears of widening sectarian violence (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/22/us-myanmar-unrest-meikhtila-idUSBRE92L04G20130322

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