The Straits Times
Published on Apr 08, 2013

Myanmar Buddhist supremacy leaders under microscope

969 movement blamed for role in anti-Muslim violence


A MOVEMENT that uses 969 as a symbol of Buddhism and is described as Myanmar's "neo-Nazi group" has come under the microscope in the country for its role in spreading anti-Muslim sentiment.

The government - under pressure to prove it is taking an even-handed approach to prevent more violence - has begun moving against the group.

A member of the Rakhine Youth Association, Ye Min Oo, was one of dozens detained in the wake of the anti-Muslim violence that left more than 40 dead in three days last month in the town of Meikhtila. Arrested on March 25, he was charged at a Yangon court last Thursday with inciting violence.

On March 27 in Bago - another area hit by anti-Muslim violence - Mr Aung Myat Thu, a member of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), was also arrested, Radio Free Asia (RFA) has reported.