Wood statue, Modern, H = 185 cm.
Made from one piece of wood.
Photo: This J-Site.
Myanmar had become a stronghold of Buddhist aggression and such acts are spurred by hardline nationalistic monks.      The oldest militant organisation active in the region is Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), headed by a Buddhist monk U Thuzana, since 1992.  In the recent years the monks, and the terrorist acts, are associated with the nationalist 969 Movement particularly in Myanmar and neighboring nations.   The violence reached prominence in June 2012 when more than 200 people were killed and around 100,000 were displaced.   As of 2012, the "969" movement by monks (the prominent among whom is Wirathu ) had helped create anti-Islamic nationalist movements in the region, and have urged Myanmar Buddhists to boycott Muslim services and trades, resulting in persecution of Muslims in Burma by Buddhist-led mobs. However, not all of the culprits were Buddhists and the motives were as much economic as religious.    On 20 June 2013, Wirathu was mentioned on the cover story of Time magazine as "The Face of Buddhist Terror".  According to the Human Rights Watch report, the Burmese government and local authorities played a key role in the forcible displacement of more than 125,000 Rohingya people and other Muslims in the region. The report further specifies the coordinated attacks of October 2012 that were carried out in different cities by Burmese officials, community leaders and Buddhist monks to terrorize and forcibly relocate the population.  The violence of Meiktila , Lashio (2013) and Mandalay (2014) are the latest Buddhist violence in Burma.    
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