Buddhists in Myanmar deny boat people are Rohingya
Of course they do.
Silly me. I guess those 200 Rohingya men we took care of in Aceh in 2009 were all ghosts or figments of our imagination. It gets crazier and crazier. Those monks (shown in the photo, telling people that the world is “making up stories”) must be doing some really good drugs. And again I ask, where is our “Goodwill Ambassador” Angelina Jolie???????
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Several hundred protesters in Myanmar's main city denied Wednesday that boat people arriving on Southeast Asian shores are Rohingya Muslims, a religious minority the government and many others in the predominantly Buddhist nation say does not exist. About 30 radical Buddhist monks led the rally in Yangon.
"The boat people are not from Myanmar" one banner carried by the demonstrators said. [Those crafty monks finally caught on to them! They're not Rohingya--they're actually members of Monte Carlo royalty hiding from their gambling debt.]
Another read, "The United Nations and the international media are making up stories!"
Myanmar has experienced a surge in Buddhist nationalism since it began moving from dictatorship toward democracy four years ago. [Buddhist nationalism in this case translates to “kill anyone who is not a Buddhist.”]
Up to 280 Rohingya have been killed by machete-wielding mobs and tens of thousands have taken to the seas in wooden trawlers, hoping to find better lives elsewhere. [the numbers are more likely far greater than that.]
In recent weeks, more than 3,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshis fleeing persecution and poverty have landed in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.
"This is not Myanmar's problem, this is a global issue now," said Thuda Nanda, a Buddhist monk. "These boat people have made up the name 'Rohingya.' They are pretending to be refugees so they can find a way to come to Myanmar. We cannot accept them." [Now this . . .this is insane. This is hard-line Madrassa-like brainwashing of people who will say and believe anything that their authority tells them.]
Myanmar's 1.3 million Rohingya are denied citizenship by national law, rendering them stateless. The government calls them "Bengalis," implying all are illegal migrants from neighboring Bangladesh, though many of their families arrived generations ago.
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- Myanmar says it's not to blame for migrant crisis Associated Press