Yangon Correspondent: Nay Myo Wai, a notorious anti-Muslim activist has been apprehended over posting an insulting speech on Facebook about Burma’s army commander as well as the NLD leader, Aung San Suu Kyi of the country, said the leader of a Buddhist nationalist group and a human rights lawyer Thursday.
The chairman of Yangon based Peace and Diversity Party, Nay Myo Wai was arrested on Wednesday after an allegation was lodged against him over posting false claim on a Facebook that army commander in chief Min Aung Hliang had become the ally because he wanted to her.
The NLD government that took power at the end of March has been alert in dealing with the extensive anti-Muslim sentiment, which has been led by Buddhist nationalist monks. The issue became a main problem when sectarian clashes occurred in 2013 in the Western Rakhine State between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims.
The Rohingya should be called Bengalis who immigrated into the country illegally. They do not belong to a legal countrys minority group, the nationalists stated.
The military-backed government did practically nothing to control the frequent violent reaction against the Rohingya and other Muslims.
The head of YPDP Nay Myo Wai, has had a high profile in multiple protests held in cooperation of Buddhist monks as well as the one last week demonstration against the U.S. Embassy’s use of the term “Rohingya.” He has made public presentations of massacre photos attempting to link Muslims with terrorists, and last year death threats to Burmese journalists who reported about an anti-U.N. rally in Yangon.
Robert San Aung, the human rights lawyer, who represented many clients who faced political charges under the previous military-backed government, also supported the arrest.
“To intercept this man is exactly right since he is creating problems for the whole country causing anarchy and religious and social conflicts among people. It has been late to arrest the culprit who should have been intercepted earlier.” He more added.