A radical Myanmarese monk is adopting new measures to intensify a hate campaign against the Rohingya Muslims in the Southeast Asian country.
Speaking at an indoor stadium in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, on Sunday, leader of the 969 Movement, Ashin Wirathu, announced a partnership with a hardline Sri Lankan Buddhist group to build a front against Muslims.
“Today, Buddhism is in danger. We need hands to be firmly held together if we hear alarm bells ringing,” he said, adding, “I’d like to announce that 969 and I will” cooperate “with Sri Lanka’s Bodu Bala Sena to protect Buddhists all round the world.”
The remarks come as thousands of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims could face indefinite detention under a new government plan that requires them to either accept ethnic reclassification and register as Bengalis or be detained.
Under the draft plan, authorities in the restive Rakhine State will have to construct temporary camps for those Rohingya Muslims who refuse to register as immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh.
Those Rohingyas who do not have adequate documents will be also sent to the detention camps.
The United Nations recognizes the Rohingya Muslims living in Myanmar’s Rakhine State as one of the world’s most persecuted communities.
Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have faced torture, neglect, and repression since the country’s independence in 1948.
The Myanmar government has been repeatedly criticized by human rights groups for failing to protect the Rohingya Muslims.
Source: Press TV