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Myanmar government condemns TIME magazine use of ‘Buddhist terror’

The Myanmar government has issued a press release on Sunday night condemning TIME magazine’s July cover story labelling the controversial Mandalay monk, U Wirathu as ‘The Face of Buddhist Terror’.

The press release issued by the President’s Office accuses TIME magazine for damaging trust building between religions, and defacing the image of Buddhism which has been the main religion of Myanmar for thousands of years.

The press release says that Buddhist monk U Wirathu is “a Sangha or a Buddha’s son” and as such must abide by the 227 precepts or moral rules. This includes striving peacefully for the prosperity of Buddhism.

The Myanmar government says it does not discriminate between religions and grants freedom of worship. Although the majority of Myanmar people are Buddhists, the 2008 Constitution also recognises Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Animism as existing religions.

The front page TIME article has highlighted the emergence of extremist Buddhist elements in Myanmar, and cites U Wirathu stoking anti-Muslim sentiment in his sermons and through the controversial “969” campaign.

The article has drawn widespread criticism and condemnation in the Myanmar press and online social media. The online petition was launched on the campaign site Avaaz.com and requests TIME magazine to reevaluate their cover issue.

“The combination of these two words “Buddhist and Terror” are very sad feeling for every Buddhists. Our religious is more weaker year by year. Please don’t do like that,” say online campaigners.

U Wirathu responded to the TIME article in an interview with the Myanmar Times saying that what he is doing is for the sake of national security. He questioned why TIME did not label Obama a terrorist for US campaigns against Islamic extremists.

“Why are they saying that Wirathu is a terrorist? What I am doing, saying and writing is for the sake of national security, just as Obama is doing,” U Wirathu told the Myanmar Times.

Though the original TIME article was only available through subscription, Myanmar versions of the story have been circulated widely causing widespread outrage, accusing TIME for only aggravating tensions between Buddhist and Muslim communities.

“Our Buddhism preaches peace but not terrorism. You’re the first user of those words so that I really go against it. But those words will cause more tension between Buddhists and Islamists in Myanmar. I believe you’ll never create violent cases. Let’s create mindfulness in the society,” said the Avaaz petition which has so far collected over 52,000 signatures.

A Facebook page calling to boycott TIME has so far received over 12,000 likes.

The government also called for mutual trust building among the religions to avoid undesirable conflicts in Myanmar’s fledgling democracy. It says the government, religious leaders, political parties, media and the people must co-operate with each others to achieve this purpose.

 

Myanmar government condemns TIME magazine use of ‘Buddhist terror’ – Eleven Myanmar | Eleven Myanmar.

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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Burma

 

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Social media is lying to you about Burma’s alleged Muslim ‘cleansing’

It is best to think twice before believing the things people spread and share on Facebook.

 

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REAL IMAGE

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Social media is lying to you about Burma’s Muslim ‘cleansing’ – The Express Tribune Blog.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2012 in Burma

 

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BURMA: What do you get when you mix 800,000 illegal Muslim immigrants with a peaceful native Buddhist population?

Source: National Post

It’s not a trick question, and it’s not a joke. You get violence, rape, riots and death. It all started with the rape of a Buddhist girl by 3 Muslims, and then it turned to war.

The body of a Buddhist monk floats in a river

YANGON — Homes burned and gunshots rang out as sectarian violence raged for a fifth day on Tuesday between Muslims and Buddhists, threatening Burma’s nascent democracy.

Security forces struggled to stem the worst communal violence since a reformist government replaced an oppressive junta last year and vowed to forge unity in one of Asia’s most ethnically diverse countries.

President Thein Sein faces mounting international pressure to end the bloodshed in coastal Rakhine state and quell growing nationalist anger in the predominantly Buddhist country against stateless Muslim Rohingyas before the violence spreads further.

The unrest undermines the carefully crafted image of ethnic unity and stability that persuaded the U.S. and Europe to suspend economic sanctions on Burma, while increasing curfews could threaten tourism and foreign investment — rewards for emerging from nearly half a century of army rule.

Bangali (MUSLIM) Terrorists. Not Bangali (Hindus and other Minorities)

Fires engulfed homes and gunshots rang through the streets of Sittwe, a port town riven by tensions between Buddhists and Rohingyas, who have long demanded recognition as an indigenous ethnic group but are denied citizenship.

Burma’s government regards the estimated 800,000 Muslim Rohingyas as illegal immigrants. Hundreds of Rohingyas have fled in rickety boats for Bangladesh but are being turned back to sea. Bangladesh has refused to grant Rohingyas refugee status since 1992.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Burma

 

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