Myanmar's Anti-Muslim Monks | AJ+ Docs

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Buddhist monks were a symbol of hope and defiance during the dark years of Myanmar’s military dictatorship. But as the country opens up to the world, some have taken a radically sectarian turn. Since 2012, violence has uprooted more than 150,000 members of the country's Muslim minority. And in July 2014, Buddhist mobs attacked Muslim homes and businesses in the second-largest city, Mandalay. Sparked by unfounded rumors that a Muslim man had raped a Buddhist woman, they were stoked by Ashin Wirathu, the leader of a large monastery, who posted the rumor to his Facebook account. Two people were killed, a Muslim and a Buddhist. Reporter Jason Motlagh traveled to Myanmar to meet Wirathu and find out why practitioners of a religion known for prizing compassion have come to fuel sectarian hatred.

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I think people have invented a new religion. It's called The Media, they only believe what The Media tells them.

Author — Hamim


पाकिस्तान से भी बड़ा दुश्मन बंगलादेश है
जो दोस्त दोस्त बोल कर, अपनी जनसख्या भारत मे घुसेड़ रहा है।।

Author — Dharmesh Marfatiya


Once afghanistan was buddhist nation but now they are not even their history book.

Author — Mahesh Thakur


Plz make video on killing of bengali hindu in Bangladesh, Pakistani hindu in if yes show



Poland, China, Sri Lanka, Japan, Myanmar.

Author — dr nayk


As Churchill said "when muslims are the minority there is much talk about minority rights, when muslims are the majority there is no rights"

Author — Antipodean33


The fact that someone stopped him to do the interview is suspicious

Author — Essential Vibe


hinduphobia, christianphobia, buddhistphobia, catholicphobia, aethetisphobia.

visit the church, hindu temple, buddhist temple and learn something new.

Author — Swee Yong


BTW Time magazine won't ever print face of Bush (attack on Iraq, Afghanistan and killed thousands for oil) or Ronald Regan (responsible for Iran, Iraq war to sell weapons).

Author — Curious Guy


It's not a bad thing when you have a faith and refuse another faith.
Ask vice versa, does Muslim respect

Author — Buddhi Dev


I'm beginning to think media is replacing religion.

Author — Prem Raj


I liked your program what you are doing for minority’s. Please go to Pakistan and find out about Hindu population suffering

Author — Cracle Lakin


So, in conclusion: Buddhists don't like muslims too. Not exactly a surprise. Just common sense.

Author — Vesselin Nikov


U worries about crime, then u attack first? That make u be criminal.

Author — mother galaxy


Yes he says right Muslim majority is increasing day by day and every body knows if Muslim became majority what will be happen

Author — Biki Narzari


Invite this monk to London
Before it turns into londonistan

Author — This is Sparta!!


This video made me think that Myanmar is..the country that I don't want to visit, eventho only for a vacation 😅😅

Author — 1101rhinie


Why all the hatred and anger? Why cant we just forgive one another?

Author — SPC Laser


This goes against Buddha’s teachings teaches to deal with problems in peace but this is not peace. Buddha teaches that we need to accept people for who they are. This is going against everything monks and nuns stand for

Author — Peachy Boi


Being religious is praising your creator not pushing political agenda !

Author — I do Know