Nationalist monks and some political leaders in Myanmar have threatened to hold mass rallies to protest a parliamentary decision giving the Rohingya ethnic minority voting rights in a referendum to amend the constitution.
Dozens of Myanmar students began a protest march in Mandalay Tuesday, vowing to intensify demonstrations against a new education bill they see as undemocratic after the government failed to meet their demands.
A top American diplomat Friday decried growing religious intolerance in Myanmar and warned the use of faith for political ends was "playing with fire" in a crunch election year for the former junta-run country.
Residents of Myanmar`s commercial hub Yangon went to the polls on Saturday for the first municipal elections in six decades, with voters hoping for change as the city booms, despite knowing little about the candidates or their policies.
A woman villager was killed and 20 others, including 11 police personnel and nine villagers, were injured in clashes when the Myanmar Wanbao mining company commenced extending its working area in Monywa, Sagaing region, official sources confirmed Tuesday.
Thousands of Myanmar Catholics marked 500 years of the Church`s presence inside the country in a lively celebration at a Yangon cathedral held four years late because of religious restrictions under the former junta.
Scores of Myanmar students rallied illegally in Yangon on Monday against a new education bill they describe as undemocratic, the latest in a series of protests that began during a visit by US President Barack Obama.
Myanmar`s reformist president has warned that newly-won media freedoms could be curtailed if stability is threatened by religious bloodshed shaking the former military-ruled country.
Thein Sein, whose administration has been accused of failing to stem two years of sporadic anti-Muslim violence, vowed "zero tolerance" against the perpetrators of fighting in the second largest city Mandalay that left two dead last week.
Myanmar`s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday called on the powerful military to get involved in reforming the country`s junta-era constitution, which currently bars her from becoming president.