Xinhua, via Landov; AFP/Getty; Reuters, via Landov; EPA, via LandovPhotosUproar in Burma: See the Shocking PhotosThe Burmese government has declared a state of emergency after a third day of riots between Muslims and Buddhists left up to 20 people dead. See photos of the turmoil. 03.22.13 12:10 PM ETXinhua, via Landov; AFP/Getty; Reuters, via Landov; EPA, via LandovXinhua, via Landov; AFP/Getty; Reuters, via Landov; EPA, via Landov Up to 20 people are dead in Burma after deadly riots stretched into a third day Friday. The uproar, which began Wednesday, was sparked by an argument between Muslim owners of a gold shop and a Buddhist couple in the central city of Meikthila. The violence has left mosques and other religious buildings burning and charred bodies lying in the streets. Journalists are being denied entry into the region, forcing the media to rely on images and updates from social media. Reports on how many have been killed are varied, with state news claiming only five and other reports as many as 20. Tension has been brewing between Burma’s Muslims and Buddhists since the country was liberated from military rule two years ago. See photos of the turmoil. Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty A resident watches as black smoke rises from burning houses in riot-hit Meiktila. Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters, via Landov Firemen attempt to extinguish a fire. Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Policemen were deployed. Nyein Chan Naing/EPA, via Landov People carry their belongings as they arrive at a temporary rescue center in Meiktila. Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty A resident walks past a burned body. Xinhua, via Landov Burmese President U Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in four townships in Meiktila District. Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters, via Landov Firemen attempt to extinguish fires. Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters, via Landov People ride their mopeds past the remains of two persons killed in the clashes. Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters, via Landov Riot policemen converge. AP The government's struggle to contain the unrest in Meiktila is proving a major challenge to President Thein Sein's reformist administration as it attempts to chart a path to democracy after nearly half a century of military rule that once crushed all dissent. Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters, via Landov Refugees missing their relatives look on, while new refugees arrive at a stadium amidst riots. STR/AFP/Getty A policeman and residents stand around the body of a man in the street. Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Residents ride a motorcycle past a burning building. Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Muslim residents evacuate their houses to a temporary relief camp under police escort in riot-hit Meiktila.