Burma Times Correspondent: February 03, 2015
The anti-Muslim 969 movement organised a meeting at Arakan state capital Akyab on Sunday, according to our local correspondent.
During the meeting, the 969 activists criticised the UN and human rights organisation for being biased towards Muslims. They also announced plans to hold further agitation programmes including strikes to protest alleged international prejudice against Buddhists.
The 969 movement also defended the 1982 citizenship law saying it was necessary to protect the country from Muslim influence.
The 1982 citizenship law deprives the Rohingya Muslims of Burmese citizenship.
Following increased agitation by 969 movement and Rakhine nationalist groups in recent days, fears of a further massacre is spreading among the local Muslim population.
The 969 movement is a Buddhist nationalist movement that campaigns for an end to alleged Muslim influence in Burma. International observers say the group is at the forefront of anti-Muslim violence in Burma that has claimed thousands of life and has led to rape, plunder and numerous human rights violations in recent years.
The group’s influence is perceived to be increasing in Burma where anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise.