Supporters of Myanmar nationalist groups, including Buddhist monks, raise their hands in support of preserving a constitutional clause barring Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, Myanmar Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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A Myanmar court has sentenced three Muslim and Hindu interfaith activists to two years with hard labor, their lawyer said Monday, after activists raised fears over a campaign against them by Buddhist nationalists.The two men and one woman from the central city of Mandalay were arrested in July 2015 and accused of crossing Myanmar's frontier with India after they posted pictures of themselves at the border on social media, according to Thein Than Oo, a lawyer representing two of the defendants. Myanmar has suffered sporadic bouts of religious bloodshed since 2012, mainly aimed at Muslims who were also marginalized in last year's election campaign, with even Suu Kyi's party failing to put forward a single candidate from the minority group.
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