Monday, January 29, 2007

Muslim-Hindu riots in Bangalore India

This story is a week old, but it's the first I've heard of it.

From Reuters (Police patrol riot-hit Bangalore, IT firms operate, January 22, 2007):

Federal police were deployed and schools were shut in India's technology hub of Bangalore on Monday after communal rioting between Hindus and Muslims left one 12-year-old boy dead and dozens of people hurt.

Protests by thousands of Muslims against last month's execution of Saddam Hussein in Iraq sparked a chain of violence over the weekend between the minority Muslims and nationalist Hindus, police and witnesses said.

Riot police patrolled empty streets of downtown Bangalore on Monday but operations in the city's numerous software firms and call centres, mostly outside the city centre, were unaffected.

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Read all of the Reuters article.

I worry about this kind of violence coming to Canada, not necessarily between Hindus and Muslims but between any number of the ethnic groups living in Toronto, Vancouver and other cities.

Here are some links to more articles about the riots:

Bangalore Riots: This Is Not The Bangalore I Know

Brand Bangalore takes a hit again

Judicial probe sought into riots

See also:

India poised to become Canada's top source of immigrants. Is this what Canadians want?

Indian politics: Bal Thackeray aspires to be the "Hitler of India"

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