Thousands of Burmese Monks Protest Against the OIC

“The OIC is not working for human rights but for Muslim rights.”— (BKK Post)

Truer words were never spoken.

The Burmese Buddhists understand what this is all about and they have every reason to be concerned. The soldiers of allah have annihilated the Buddhists in most parts of Asia and any settlement in Burma must be seen as a bridgehead, a fort within the dar al-harb that is yet to be conquered.

Thousands of Monks protest in Myanmar against OIC

YANGON — Several thousand monks took to the streets of Myanmar’s second-largest city Friday to protest against a world Islamic body’s efforts to help Muslim Rohingya in strife-hit Rakhine state, organizers said.

Holding banners reading “No OIC in Myanmar,” the monks gathered in Mandalay to urge the government to block a plan by the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to open an office in the country.

“We cannot accept the OIC here. We will continue our protest until they give up,” one of the demonstration leaders, Thaw Bi Ta, told AFP by telephone.

“The OIC is not working for human rights but for Muslim rights. We have our suspicions about them. They never reject Muslim extremists,” he said.

“We want peace between all ethnicities and religions. We have no problem with Muslims in the country.”

Sectarian tensions are running high following Buddhist-Rohingya clashes in June in western Rakhine which left dozens of people dead and forced tens of thousands more to seek refuge in temporary shelters.

The country formerly known as Burma has seen a series of protests against the OIC and Myanmar’s 800,000 stateless Rohingya, who are described by the U.N. as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.

Friday’s anti-Muslim protest was the second in recent weeks in Mandalay involving monks, who were at the vanguard of a 2007 pro-democracy uprising that was brutally crushed by the former junta.

The monks said they planned to stage a countrywide protest on Sunday if the government did not respond to their demand.

Members of the OIC, the top world Muslim body, toured Rakhine last month after accusations from rights groups that security forces opened fire on Rohingya during the sectarian unrest, prompting concern across the Islamic world.

Speaking a dialect similar to one in neighboring Bangladesh, Myanmar’s Rohingya are seen by the government and many Burmese as illegal immigrants.

The tensions in Rakhine have spread to neighboring Bangladesh, where police said last week they had arrested nearly 300 people in connection with a wave of violence targeting Buddhist homes and temples.

4 thoughts on “Thousands of Burmese Monks Protest Against the OIC”

  1. Criminalisation of criticism of Islam (i.e. quoting Qur’an)

    (start) “…policy of appeasement” 2 Min “…President Obama & Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed the UN resolution 16/18” (39 KB)

    OIC Summit: Ten-year strategic action plan 124 KB
    “… VII. Combating Islamophobia

    1. Emphasize the responsibility of the international community, including all governments, to ensure respect for all religions and combat their defamation.

    2. …. “

  2. I agree totally with these monks. Any member of the OIC should be jailed, tortured for fun, and then judicially executed – and I am being kind!!!!

  3. Dear oh dear, what is the world coming to when we see militant (or is radical) extreme Right wing Buddhists on the street voicing messages of hate against the only religion that grants full and lasting peace.

    Maybe I’m wrong. These are not Buddhists but the extreme right wing Eastern division of the EDL.

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