Once at front of fight for freedom, Burmese monks now march against Muslim minority

Photo courtesy of the CJMyanmar Facebook page.
 
After leading some of the largest demonstrations against Burma’s former military junta in 2007, hundreds of Buddhist monks have once again taken to the streets in protest. Yet instead of marching to demand greater freedoms, they are demonstrating in support of President Thein Sein’s recent proposal to either deport members of the country’s minority Rohingya Muslim community, or send them to camps.
 
The demonstration follows months of unrest in the country’s western Rakhine state between the region’s ethnic Buddhist communities and the Rohingya. Violence first broke out in June, after a Buddhist woman was raped and then killed, allegedly by Muslims. Outraged by the crime, a local mob attacked a bus, beating 10 Muslims to death in the process. Since then, Rakhine state has been plagued by periodic clashes between the two groups, which have left at least 90 people dead, according to an official estimate. Human rights group fear, however, that the death toll could be much higher.
 
In response to the mounting violence in Rakhine state, Burma’s government launched an investigation into the violence in the region. While Thein Sein in part blamed Buddhist monks and other ethnic Rakhine figures for inciting hatred against the Rohingya in a parliamentary report last month, he also echoed past comments, in which he said that the minority group was not welcome within Burma’s borders, and that the only “solution” was to either deport or send them to camps.
 
Sign reads: "Protect mother Myanmar by supporting the president". Photo courtesy of the CJMyanmar Facebook page.
 
Rallying behind the president’s plan, hundreds of Buddhists and other demonstrators gathered in Mandalay on September 2, holding up signs that read “Protect mother Myanmar by supporting the president”.
 
According to the UN, there are an estimated 800,000 Rohingya Muslims currently living in Burma. Many in the country refer to them as “Bengalis”, because they speak a regional dialect of Bengali. The Rohingya, however, are stateless. Claiming centuries of lineage in Rakhine state, Rohinhya activists have long petitioned for Burmese citizenship, to no avail. This means they have little access to education or health care and face travel restrictions. 
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“It’s a question of justice”

U Wirathu led the anti-Rohingya protests in Mandalay on Sunday, September 2.
 
We decided to hold the protest for three reasons. First off, we wanted the world to know that the Rohingya are not among the 135 different ethnic groups that are recognised in Burma. We also wanted to make sure everyone knew that we, as Burmese people, do not condone their acts of violence. Lastly, we wanted to highlight the importance of border security, by pointing out the fact that there have been some on the western border [which runs along Bangladesh] in the past who were not concerned with Rakhine’s security and did their job carelessly.
 
We have lived peacefully among different religions and ethnicities for years. But we now have these illegal Bengali immigrants demanding to be recognised as a native ethnic group and asking to be granted citizenship. We want people to know the truth, that the Rohingya are not Burmese and that they are not a peaceful group. If they lived quietly, we would allow them to stay regardless of the fact they entered the country illegally.
 
It’s not that we want all immigrants, illegal or not, to leave Burma. There are a lot of illegal Chinese immigrants here too, but the difference is that they just go about their own business. They’re not trying to swallow native tribes and colonise the country, or destroy our religion. [Burma’s entire Muslim population makes up 4 percent of the population.]

“It’s a little ironic that the monks don’t see the inherent human rights issues”

Kio (not his real name), is a former Burmese pro-democracy activist who has just returned to the country after living in exile for many years.
 
When it comes down to it, it’s really a religious issue. Our people are not used to human rights issues, so they don’t care much about it. But when it comes to religion, it’s a big deal. A lot of people believe that Islam is against Buddhism, and some monks see it almost as an enemy.
 
There’s a lot of popular support for the protests, partly because the monks are so respected, but also because President Thein Sein [who was elected president of Burma’s new civilian government in 2011] is heading up a number of reforms in the country, and people want to support him. There’s also a lot of misinformation about what’s going on in Rakhine state. For the most part, the public have been given only one side of the story: that the Rakhine people have suffered the most and at the hands of the Rohingya.
 
It’s a little ironic that the monks don’t see the human rights issues inherent to the situation. But in our country, there is a lot of discomfort with Islam. There is a fear that Burma will be ‘Islamafied’. But in reality, Islam has peacefully coexisted with us for a long time.

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Rohingyas initiated the riot on June 8

 After  the Friday Muslim prayer in the Mosques , Rohingyas  started mass communal unprovoked attacks  on Rakhine Buddists in nearby villages and in the towns, who was not involved in the killing of 10 muslims.  Rohingyas were the ones who rioted  on the Burmese .
On June 8th, 2012, the Ro­hingya Mus­lim Ben­galis torched and killed Bud­dhist Rakhine (Arakanese), and Burmese mi­nori­ties, who were liv­ing peace­ful­ly in Maung­daw Town­ship. Also Bud­dhist vil­lages were burned, Bud­dhist house­holds were plun­dered and Bud­dhist monas­ter­ies were de­stroyed. There Bud­dhist Burmese and Arakanese (Rakhines) are hav­ing to hide to es­cape the at­tacks by the so-called Ro­hingyas. Ac­cord­ing to the re­ports reveived not only were there over (20) vil­lages burned to ashes by the so-called Ro­hingyas Ben­gali Mus­lims, but they also searched and killed Bud­dhist Rakhines (Arakanese) and Burmese. Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est news, dozens of Bud­dhist Rakhaings (Arakanese) and Burmese have been killed and thou­sands have fled. 

 Burmese  fought  back in self defense during the attack !  So both sides were wounded and killed.  The whole dilemma of 80 death and thousands of of people’s houses burned down was due to Rohingyas rioting.  Why then are the Burmese and Buddhist accused of genocide or massacre due to a riot organized by Muslim Rohingyas.

People in other countries have also became victim to Muslim riots.  For example,  the riots in France , England , etc...  So sad for people of Burma, England , and France for having to endure these kinds of riot.

Rakhines Vs Myanmar Vs International

There is proverb in Myanmar that says' Kill Rakhines before poisonos cobra'this proverb only applies to Rakhines.
The word Rakhine came from Bengali(indian)word 'Rakshak'.Rakshak mean 'cannibal'who eat the flesh of other human beings.It is not strange for them not to understand human right and human value. But it is sorry to say thay some Burmese yong monks are involving with them without knowing any reality and taking for granted false propaganda of false Rakhines illegally entered from Bengladesh.

In Myanmar there are about 800000 Rohingyas who are discriminated by state lead discrimination program.But there are more than 3000000 Rakhines in Bangladeh enjoying full national and human right..

The different between Myanmar and international are:-
1.Most of the Myanmars(including President and top rank officers)are very uniternational and selfish and one track.
2.They dont know about the values of Multi cultures, multi religions.
3.They are very undiplomatic and unpolite to release any comments.
4.They dont observe to know who they are and who are their benefactors to teach Buddhism.
5.They must know that their benefactor Buddha Gautam was an Indian(Kallar) and Myanmar alphabets and vowels are totally identical and taken from Bengalis.Only differents are they added'a'at the end of a word not endingwith vowel and substitutes 'tha'instiate of sha and sa.ie-Raj Kumar becomes Raza Kumara and Sasana becomes Thathana.Myanmar did not have any culture and Myanmar culture is officially recognized as Indo China culture as it is mostly taken from Indian and fewly from China.

)If any Buddhist hates and scolds Indian generations or Bengali(Kalla),he or she must withdraw himself or herself from Buddhism as lord Buddha was real Indian(Kallar) .Buddha was not a Burmese.

free Burma of Muslims

Independence have little meaning if it comes with filth. remove the filth first.. Independence was there for askin !

Rohingyas

The story told by the natives must be listened. The reflections of people of Burma must be respected.

Human Rights Watch reports heavily biased report based on deep hatred towards the Burmese military government, willingly or unwillingly damaging the nation's culture, identity and the rights of the native people.

Human Rights Watch reports was written by interview only to Rohingyas (one sided) or using muslim reporters who have religious duty to protect fellow muslims.

Human Rights Watch promotes terrorism, violence by protecting illegal migrants, criminals. Human Rights Watch reports based on inaccurate history written by historians who had never lived in the region, ignoring the living history told by the native Arakanese and the history appears in favour of the natives.

Human Rights Watch interferes with civil society order and a country's sovereignty by falsify history, legalized illegal migration, incite violence by protecting criminals.

It is sad to see people died in India, because of the Human Rights Watch report about Rohingyas in Burma.

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