Burma Times Correspondent: June 08, 2015
Buddhist nationalist sympathisers are planning protests against the rescue of stranded migrants in the seas.
On Saturday, anti Muslim activists spearheaded by the 969 movement met in the state capital. On Sunday, they made a statement to the AFP confirming that a day of protests is being planned in the state capital on June 14. Sympathisers from other townships in the state shall also be organised for the mass demonstration.
The anti Muslim activists say the navy should not be rescuing Muslims from the sea and keep them in Arakan.
In face of intense global pressure, the government authorised the navy to intercept trafficking ships off the coast. So far only two boats have been rescued. The government claims most are Bangladeshis and shall be returned to that country. Even then, the hardliners are not satisfied and are accordingly planning protests against the rescue of Muslims.
Buddhist nationalist groups opposed to perceived Muslim domination of Burma have found increasing popularity in the country.
These groups have spearheaded violence against Muslims including mass murder and rape especially in the Arakan.