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The 969 Movement is a nationalist movement opposed to what they see as Islam’s expansion in predominantly-Buddhist Burma. The three digits of 969 "symbolize the virtues of the Buddha, Buddhist practices and the Buddhist community." The first 9 stands for the nine special attributes of the Lord Buddha and the 6 for the six special attributes of his Dharma, or Buddhist Teachings, and the last 9 represents the nine special attributes of Buddhist Sangha [monks]. Those special attributes are the Three Jewels of the Buddha. In the past, the Buddha, Sangha, Dhamma and the wheel of Dhamma were Buddhists’ sign. And the same goes for 969; it is another Buddhist sign.

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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:15 AM) – Police have opened fire on Buddhist radicals who tried to take over government property in the Rakhine State on Tuesday. A group of around 5,000 Buddhist protestors had reportedly gathered in the town of Mrauk U, in the northwestern Rakhine province of Myanmar, ...
Since then, an estimated 615,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh, according to CNN. Anti-Rohingya violence is spurred on by a hardline faction of Buddhists called the 969 Movement. They regard Islam, and by extension the estimated one million Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, ...

In 2013, the Irrawaddy published an article headlined “Two Sides of the Sangha,” featuring two interviews with two different monks: one, a prominent Saffron alum, and the other, a member of the two-year-old Buddhist nationalist “969” movement. The Saffron monk was asked in his interview why 969 was ...
Wirathu is a man of unassuming features. His baby face belies the power he holds over nationalist activists in Myanmar as the spiritual leader of the 969 movement and head of Ma Ba Tha, the Organisation for the Protection of Race and Religion. Wirathu perches on one of two teak armchairs; the wall to his ...
While many people in cosmopolitan Mandalay eschew Ma Ba Tha's fanaticism, the city's Muslim residents date the escalating hostility to the emergence of the group (and its precursor, the 969 movement) in 2013. xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">. Interfaith activists in Mandalay operate amid a climate ...
With the help of an expanding telecommunications network, he contributed to fueling the rise of Buddhist nationalist groups, such as the 969 movement and the Committee to Protect Race and Religion, both of which spawned a network of smaller organizations inspired by messages of intolerance and ...

Myanmar is a Buddhist-dominated country where Buddhist groups like the MaBaTha and 969 movement, with support from the military, have been organising violence against muslim minorities. Rohingyas being the most vulnerable group have become their easy target. In order to make a pure Buddhist ...
More mainstream Buddhist leaders, meanwhile, have started to adopt some of the chilling rhetoric espoused by Ma Ba Tha and its antecedent 969 movement, which rose after Myanmar dispensed with military rule after 2011. Rohingya refugees cross the Naf River at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in ...
A key culprit in this was the ultranationalist Buddhist group formerly known as Ma Ba Tha, and its precursor, the 969 movement, which often used doctored photographs and fake claims to stoke anger against Muslims. Such provocations fanned the flames of anti-Muslim sentiment in Myanmar for years ...
More importantly, Wirathu is a leader in the 969 Movement, a Buddhist Burmese nationalist and hate group that encourages the exclusion of Muslims within the country. Since independence in 2011, the Burmese government has targeted the Rohingya, a Muslim minority population. The United Nations has ...
According to reports, the 969 movement led by Burman monk Ashin Wirathu has been raising alarm over purported Muslim plans to take over the country and has led successful campaigns to boycott Muslim businesses. In 2012, it organised large-scale protests against plans by the Organization of Islamic ...
Since then, an estimated 615,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh, according to CNN. Anti-Rohingya violence is spurred on by a hardline faction of Buddhists called the 969 Movement. They regard Islam, and by extension the estimated one million Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, ...
In particular, the MaBaTha and 969 Movement have forced the regime to pass further discriminatory laws about citizenship and civil rights, ...
The title is borrowed from the "969 Movement" in Myanmar. The three digits symbolise the virtues of the Buddha, Buddhist practices and the ...
... the perspective and rhetoric of a young Theravada Buddhist leader and the founder of Myanmar's nationalist “969” movement, Ashin Wirathu.
They jailed U Wirathu, who is a very vocal member of another Buddhist nationalist group called the 969 movement. The term “969” is shorthand ...
... warned that the Rohingya, the Muslim minority in Myanmar′s Rakhine State, lay in the sights of Wirathu′s bloodthirsty ″969 Movement″.

However, after the political transition of 2011, two extremist Buddhist outfits the Mabatha and the 969 Movement have dominated Burmese ...
The militant Buddhist clergy has started the 969 Movement, led by one Bhikkhu Ashin Wirathu, who once reportedly called himself the "Osama ...
... a prominent Saffron alum, and the other, a member of the two-year-old Buddhist nationalist “969” movement. The Saffron monk was asked in ...
“What the Buddhist monks in Burma have done, especially those of the 969 movement (precursor to the Ma Ba Tha), is they have distributed ...
Ultranationalist Buddhists, such as Ashin Wirathu of the radical nationalist 969 movement, believe “Muslims are like the African carp.
Wirathu was freed as part of a general amnesty for political prisoners in 2012, and he quickly went on to revitalize the 969 Movement—a grassroots organization founded earlier that year by Wirathu and Ashin Sada Ma, a monk from Moulmein, and committed to preventing what it sees as Islam's infiltration of ...
With the help of an expanding telecommunications network, he contributed to fueling the rise of Buddhist nationalist groups, such as the 969 movement and the Committee to Protect Race and Religion, both of which spawned a network of smaller organizations inspired by messages of intolerance and ...
In addition to the aforementioned interviews and news excerpts, there are the occasional photographs, maps that orient us to Myanmar's geography, and an animation explaining the numerological origins of Wirathu's “969 Movement” (that symbolizes the three gems or virtues and intended by Wirathu to ...
... of which the two most vitriolic are the 969 movement led by the “monk” Ashin Wirathu, “the Burmese Bin Laden”; and the Bodu Balan Sena, ...
He was also involved in the popular 969 Movement. On 20 June 2013, Time magazine mentioned Ashin Wirathu on their cover page and ...
Wirathu's 969 Movement has been the vanguard of Burma's anti-Muslim feeling, with the monk leading rallies in which he calls for Muslims to ...
Rohingya say that local militias, many supportive of the monk-led extremists called the 969 Movement, have been entering villages alongside ...
Wirathu was freed as part of a general amnesty for political prisoners in 2012, and he quickly went on to revitalize the 969 Movement—a ...
They are denied citizenship in Myanmar and are under direct threat from a radical group called `969 Movement' which is bent on driving out ...
The recent rise of the ultranationalist 969 Movement, led by Burmese militant racist monk Ashin Wirathu (who appeared on a July 1, 2013 ...
The BBS has also formed an alliance with Myanmar's 969 movement, a militant Buddhist group linked to anti-Muslim riots there. The Vishwa ...
Kyaw Win began volunteering for the “969” movement after listening at a local monastery to a sermon by U Wirathu about the 2012 Rakhine ...
Myanmar Buddhist monk U Wirathu (R), leader of the Ma Ba Tha (969 movement), arrives at the Peace Organization of Ma Ba Tha (Patriotic ...
... he contributed to fueling the rise of Buddhist nationalist groups, such as the 969 movement and the Committee to Protect Race and Religion, ...
Wirathu is a member of the 969 Movement, an Islamophobic nationalist group of Buddhists known for verbally attacking Muslims in a majority ...
... fear of Muslim power generated by Buddhist nationalists led by radical monks under the 969 movement and Ma Ba Tha (the Organization for ...
Shunned by Myanmar's new government and its Buddhist hierarchy, a nationalist monk blamed for whipping up at times bloody anti-Muslim ...
Like The Atlantic? Subscribe to The Atlantic Daily, our free weekday email newsletter. Burma Royinga village banner.jpg. An ethnic ...
Under the previous government, U Wirathu led Ma Ba Tha and the 969 movement to oppose the expansion of Islam and boycott Muslim-owned shops in the predominantly Buddhist country.
The following story that appeared in the June 2013 issue of The Irrawaddy magazine reflects the then situation on the ground in Mon State's capital Mawlamyine, a stronghold of the 969 movement. MAWLAMYINE, Mon State - It's around 8 pm on a recent ...
7 Police Station in Mandalay's Maha Aung Myay Township by Kyaw Myo Shwe, a Ma Ba Tha supporter and follower of 969 movement leader Wirathu. It was in response to a post that Swe Win, under the name Ba Kaung, had put on Facebook a week ago ...
Wirathu, the leader of the ultra-nationalist 969 movement, was once dubbed by Time as "the face of Buddhist terror." Kyaw Myo Shwe filed the charges in retaliation to a post on the Facebook page of Ba Kaung (aka Swe Win), who had written: "Wirathu has ...
Under former President Thein Sein, Burma saw the rise of extreme nationalism, the creation of the well-funded Ma Ba Tha, the 969 movement, and increased violence against the country's Muslim population. Thein Sein's government took little action to ...
The 969 Movement, a nationalist Buddhist movement led by Buddhist monks, has grown increasingly powerful in Suu Kyi's Myanmar and has been responsible for an increase in anti-Islamophobic sentiment among the Burmese populace.
Discrimination and violence against Rohingyas mainly lie in a false fear of Muslim power generated by Buddhist nationalists led by radical monks under the 969 movement and Ma Ba Tha (the Organisation for the Protection of Race and Religion). Although ...
Shwenyawa Sayadaw is an outspoken monk known for his opposition both to the military and to Buddhist nationalism, and for his stance against the anti-Muslim sentiment of the 969-movement. Translated from Burmese by Thet Ko Ko. Topics: Religion.
The most decidedly negative news has been the rise of an extremist, nationalist brand of Buddhism, known as the 969 movement, which expresses itself in inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric and has exploded in violence, particularly against the Rohingya ...
Wirathu rose to prominence as part of a group of extremist monks once known as the Association for the Protection of Race and Religion, and then the "969" movement. Today, they are called Ma Ba Tha, after their Burmese acronym. Since the end of ...


 

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