Burma’s Buddhist monks are ‘more interested in politics than religion’

A Buddhist monk in Myanmar’s capital, Yangon, said on Tuesday he had decided to vote for Aung San Suu Kyi, a key ally of the ruling military who has pledged to fight against the Rohingya Muslim minority, a group that has been targeted by Buddhist mobs.

A monk at the Myanmar Buddhist Monastery of the Great Ashoka, known as the Maha Ashoka monastery, attends a sermon during a rally for Ayesha Kachin, the new U.N. special rapporteur on Myanmar, in Yangon on June 25, 2021.

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Special Rapporteur on Rohingya and other minority groups said he was worried about the impact of the violence.

(Photo: H.D. Kwan, AFP/Getty Images)The Myanmar Buddhist monk at his monastery in the northern city of Maungdaw, where the Buddhist monk is a senior monk, said he had also decided to back Suu Kum’s party, which has been calling for the return of Rohingya, whom Myanmar’s military has accused of committing crimes.

In a video on his Facebook page, he also wrote that he was looking forward to his next sermon on the issue.

“My intention is not to leave my country, I am here for a political life, I have to think about the future of Myanmar,” the monk, who gave his surname as Sittin, said in the video.

“I will give a speech, if the government will accept the results of the elections, if it is the right time to do so.”

Suu Kyin has repeatedly condemned the attacks on the Rohingya, which began in Myanmar in late August and has claimed more than 270,000 lives.

She has blamed the violence on the “terrorists” who have sought to stir up ethnic tensions.

More:The latest violence has been sparked by what activists say is the military’s failure to take action against the violence and the “extremist” groups that have rallied behind them.

A Buddhist-majority country of about 40 million people, Myanmar has been under military rule since 1932.

It has a long history of conflict with the Muslim Rohingya, who make up about 10% of the population.

The government has said that more than 500,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, though Rohingya say the true number is much higher.