Buddhist extremism, despite a clampdown, spreads in Myanmar | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Buddhist extremism, despite a clampdown, spreads in Myanmar

In May, Myanmar’s Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, a state appointed organization representing over 500,000 Buddhist monks known as Ma Ha Na, issued a controversial order against the Ma Ba Tha nationalist group to remove its signboards across the country.

The committee’s order came in response to Ma Ba Tha’s association with anti-Muslim activities and amid calls from Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government that the Buddhist nationalist group was provoking instability. Ma Ha Na also accused Ma Ba Tha of acting against basic Sangha principles, rules and regulations.

and monks belonging to the hardline Buddhist group Ma Ba Tha rally to the US embassy in Yangon on April 28, 2016. Photo: AFP/Romeo Gacad
In May, Myanmar’s Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, a state appointed organization representing over 500,000 Buddhist monks known as Ma Ha Na, issued a controversial order against the Ma Ba Tha nationalist group to remove its signboards across the country.

The committee’s order came in response to Ma Ba Tha’s association with anti-Muslim activities and amid calls from Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government that the Buddhist nationalist group was provoking instability. Ma Ha Na also accused Ma Ba Tha of acting against basic Sangha principles, rules and regulations.

While most Ma Ba Tha chapters have agreed to adhere to the directive, in the central city of Mandalay and Karen state capital of Hpa-an the deadline passed on July 15 with local affiliate groups refusing to comply.

Ever since Ma Ha Na’s order in May for Ma Ba Tha to disband, images of its firebrand monk leader, U Wirathu, referred to by some international media as the ‘face of Buddhist terror’ for his provocative anti-Islam pronouncements, have circulated widely over social media in Karen state.

Facebook images have included selfies taken by young Karen women dressed in bright colourful traditional garb holding red placards reading ‘We love U Wirathu.’ More disturbing, pro-Ma Ba Tha images also show the controversial monk seated on a golden throne flanked by seven heavily armed Karen Border Guard Forces (BGF) soldiers surrounded by Buddhist flags.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This guy appears to be a force with which to be reckoned.

If his power is allowed to grow, unchecked, look for more ethnic cleansing of the minority Muslim Rohingya people in Myanmar, and to a really horrific extent.

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