Buddhist Monks March in Myanmar to Thwart Islamic Office Plan

On Monday, thousands of Buddhist monks in Myanmar protested against efforts by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to establish a liaison office in the northwest Rakhine state, reports Reuters. Recently “deadly communal clashes” occurred between Myanmar’s majority Buddhist population and the Muslim Rohingyas, an often persecuted religious minority. “Anger and fear still smoulder between Rohingyas and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists after the spree of arson and machete attacks that killed at least 77 people and displaced tens of thousands.” 

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