The other side of Burma’s “peaceful” monks
In the recent rush to support the monk-led uprising against the military junta in Burma, the situation of the long-suffering Muslim minority, particularly in the state bordering Bangladesh where they make up 50% of the population but do not enjoy the rights other Burmese citizens enjoy. The country’s monks have also played a role in the Muslims’ suffering, for example attacking mosques on the basis of rumours of Muslims raping Buddhist girls; there have also been pamphlets circulated “glorifying race purity and Buddhism and actually reinforcing anti-Muslim sentiments”.
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