The Sri Lankan Buddhist organisation, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), last week, invited the leader of the 969 Movement in Myanmar, Ashwin Wirathu Thera, to visit the island.
Ashin Wirathu Thera, described as 'The face of Buddhist Terror' by Time Magazine, is known for leading the anti-Islamic rhetoric that has contributed to the worsening situation for the Rohingya community in Myanmar.
Commenting on the invitation, the BBS General Secretary, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, said,
“Buddhist countries in the Asiatic region are facing difficulties and even violence from the Muslims and the other religions in the region. The best example comes from Thailand, Myanmar and Bangladesh. This is the very reason why Ven. Wirathu decided to start the 969 Movement in Myanmar. We will definitely be starting an international network with global reach with likeminded Buddhist civil society institutions.”
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