Monk de­nied bail over anti-Ro­hingya demon­stra­tion

The Star Malaysia - - World -

YANG ON: One of Myan­mar’s most prom­i­nent ul­tra-na­tion­al­ist monks has been de­nied bail af­ter he was ar­rested on charges of in­cit­ing un­rest in an anti-Ro­hingya protest held out­side the US Em­bassy last year.

The Bud­dhist ab­bot, Par­maukkha, was de­tained over the week­end in a rare move against hard­line cler­gy­men who have fanned ha­tred against the per­se­cuted Ro­hingya Mus­lims.

The monk, who ap­peared in court yes­ter­day in lay­man’s clothes, has been charged over his role in an April 2016 protest out­side the US Em­bassy that de­nounced the US gov­ern­ment’s use of the term “Ro­hingya”.

The proper name for the Mus­lim mi­nor­ity is re­jected by many Bud­dhists and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in Myan­mar, who deny the ex­is_ tence of a Ro­hingya eth­nic­ity and in­sist the group are il­le­gal “Ben­gali” im­mi­grants –a de­scrip­tion the Ro­hingya view as pe­jo­ra­tive.

The monk was greeted by dozens of tear­ful sup­port­ers out­side the Yangon court, where judges set the next hear­ing for Nov 21.

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