“There is a lot of irony in the fact that the monk Wirathu and his followers are using fear in order to incite acts of violence that are precisely against the spirit of so much Buddhist teaching,” says Eyal Aviv, a professor of religious studies and international affairs at George Washington University. More
The death toll continues to rise in Burma, also known as Myanmar. As of this writing at least 32,000 people have died and that number is expected to rise significantly in the days ahead.
There is still no generally agreed figure on the human cost of September’s crackdown in Myanmar on Buddhist monks and others protesting dictatorial rule. The military government says ten people were killed and nearly 3,000 detained, of whom most have been let go. But diplomats and other observers say the death toll is much higher. We have a report today from Lucky Severson on Myanmar refugees in Thailand describing what happened to them and what the likely consequences may be of the persecution of the monks. More
In Myanmar in Southeast Asia, violent clashes between tens of thousands of protesting Buddhist monks and the Burmese military have drawn international attention.
Read analysis and commentary on the Buddhist protests in Burma by Patrick Pranke and Donald Mitchell.