Burma Times Correspondent: September 16, 2015
Many of the country’s Facebook users have made rude comments about the tragedy in the holy city of Mecca.
According to news portal M-Media, anti-Muslim hate speech and rude comments spread significantly among the Facebook users in Myanmar following the reports of crane collapse in Mecca Grand Mosque.
The tragedy that occurred on Friday killed at least 107 Muslims while more than twice the number received injuries, according to Saudia authorities.
But many of Burma’s Facebook users cheered the event and expressed their pleasure that Muslims have been killed and expressed hope more calamities will hit the Muslim world.
Anti Muslim sentiment is strong in this country where Buddhist nationalists are gaining increasing popularity. Few in Burma have stood up against ethnic cleansing pogroms directed towards the Muslim community with an alarming number supporting it.
However some users in social media criticised the hate speech and pointed out Buddhism is a religion of peace and tolerance.
Peaceful voices in the country are often drowned out as the anti Muslim rhetoric is mainstream and more acceptable.