Yangon ( AsiaNews / Agencies) – The Dalai Lama has appealed to Burmese Buddhist Monks asking them to act according to the principles of the Buddha, avoiding violence or targeted attacks against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. “When resentment or anger towards your Muslim brothers and sisters emerge – said the Tibetan spiritual leader , during an annual peace conference held recently in Prague, Czech Republic – please , remember [ the principles ] of the Buddhist faith . ” He added, “to be sure” that in following the teachings of the Enlightened One, the Burmese monks will “protect their Muslim brothers and sisters who are increasingly victims.”
The Burmese Buddhist monks became involved in a campaign against the Muslims, with protests and, in some cases, direct attacks against the community or individual groups. In particular, the anti- Rohingya violence in the western state of Rakhine erupted in June 2012 caused at least 200 deaths – especially among the Muslim minority – and more than 140 thousand displaced people.
In recent days, the Burmese religious marked the sixth anniversary of the “Saffron Revolution” , which flared up between August and September of 2007 and was violently repressed by the junta , with more than 30 deaths and hundreds of monks arrested . For years, religious people rejected offers by the military and would not provide their functions and celebrations in protest against the brutal repression. Leaders of the Burmese Buddhist movement confirm that the ban will not be lifted “as long as there will be no official apology” from the authorities. Among the aims of this sixth anniversary of the massacre, the promotion “of nationality and religion , peace and national reconciliation and a significant progress on the democratic path of Myanmar.”