Monks who played a vital
role in Burma's recent struggle for democracy have been accused of
fuelling ethnic tensions in the country by calling on people to shun a
Muslim community that has suffered decades of abuse.
In a move that has
shocked many observers, some monks' organisations have issued pamphlets
telling people not to associate with the Rohingya community, and have
blocked humanitarian assistance from reaching them. One leaflet
described the Rohingya as "cruel by nature" and claimed it had "plans to
exterminate" other ethnic groups.
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