Myanmar’s military junta targeting religious buildings
Ever since the military coup on February 1, 2021, during which Myanmar’s democratically elected government was deposed by the military junta, religious minorities have found themselves in the midst of the violence.
News source Radio Free Asia reported recently that nearly 100 religious buildings have been destroyed in two regions and two states in Myanmar more than a year after the military seized control and plunged the country into chaos and violence.
The 97 buildings that have been destroyed include 76 Christian churches. In some cases, soldiers raided the religious buildings and beat locals who were sheltering there. Many churches in northwestern Myanmar were burned to the ground.
Soldiers no longer honor religious buildings in the Buddhist-majority nation because they only want to ensure they maintain power, said a member of the People’s Defense Force (PDF), a grassroots group opposing the military regime.