By Andrew R.C. Marshall for Yahoo News on June 15, 2015—
“When religious violence erupted in Meiktila in central Myanmar two years ago, local politician Win Htein spoke up for the minority Muslims who bore its deadly brunt. Many of his fellow Buddhists have never forgiven him.

At least 44 people were killed in March 2013 after a rampage by Buddhist mobs that Win Htein, a lawmaker for the National League for Democracy (NLD), tried to stop.

Led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the NLD will soon contest a general election, and Win Htein admits that memories of his actions then could lose the party votes among Myanmar’s Buddhist majority.

“I was accused of bias against Buddhists,” he told Reuters. “I have never regretted my decision to protect a minority.”

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