“969″ denotes the anti-Islam campaign led by hardliner Buddhist monks. The monster monks are sticking these brightly-coloured posters and stickers bearing the number “969″ in cities all over Burma.
According to Burmese Muslims, this campaign has stirred up hatred, resulting in a string of bloody anti-Muslim riots across the country over the past weeks.
‘969’ originally refer to the Buddha’s “three jewels”, but it is now being used as a brand name for a nationalist, anti-Muslim campaign led by a prominent monk based in Mandalay.
According to an Observer report, Wirathu, the so called “Burmese Bin Laden”, since his release in 2012 spreading hatred and spearheaded the fast-growing ‘969’ movement, making numerous speeches calling on Buddhists to “buy 969” and boycott Muslim-owned stores.
This photo shows the cover of two CDs with the ’969′ logo at the top. The CD is titled “Monks’ teachings: How to protect our religion and nation.” Photo courtesy of MMedia.
Buddhists are targetting businesses, mosques and burning down Muslims’ homes. The remnants of Muslim-owned stores were spray-painted with the digits ‘969’.
Thousands of Muslims displaced by these recent riots and are staying in refugee camps.