Ashin Wirathu, a Buddhist monk banned from Facebook and jailed in Burma for spreading hate speech, held a sermon to mark the Buddhist Kathina festival in Nattalin Township’s Sinthaykone village, Bago Region, on Oct. 27. Wirathu’s sermon discussed the principles of the 969 Movement – a Buddhist ultranationalist group promoting hate toward Burma’s Muslims. It …
Rakhine was experiencing “Bengali terrorism”, Wirathu said on Saturday as he emerged from a one-year preaching ban.
Myanmar Journalist Network is to be evicted from its Yangon office — news that comes just a day after they had scheduled to host a press conference called by a group of anti-Wirathu Buddhist monks.
The firebrand nationalist monk U Wirathu headlined a rally on Wednesday at which he spoke in dire terms of the “marauding” threat posed by Muslims in western Burma, labelled international aid groups operating there “terrorists,” and thwarted Buddhist authorities’ attempts to rein in his public profile.
“If the Sangha do not respond to us, we will cast the petition across the whole of Rangoon. And if that doesn’t work, we’ll take our campaign to Mandalay and other areas.”
The Buddhist monk renowned for his anti-Muslim sermons travelled to Arakan State on Wednesday, an official said, sparking concern over religious tensions in the region, where more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims live.