NAYPYIDAW Buddhist monk and anti-Muslim community leader Wirathu (C) marches with thousands through the streets during a pro-military rally, Oct. 14, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar.
Myanmars extremist Buddhists rally in Yangon to voice support for the militarys state-sponsored crackdown campaign against Rohingya Muslims, vowing to fight back any international attempt to bring their top generals to justice for the crimes they perpetrate against the countrys unwanted minority community.
Several thousand anti-Muslim and pro-military Buddhists marched through Yangon on Sunday, holding portraits of Myanmars military chief, General Min Aung Hlaing, who has been referred by the UN to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for prosecution over actions that could amount to genocide and crimes against humanity during the crackdown he has been leading against Rohingya Muslims.
Last year, extremist Buddhist monks rushed to help Myanmars military, when it intensified its crackdown campaign against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.
The campaign which the UN described as the textbook example of ethnic cleansing campaign has seen mass killings, torture, and gang rape of Rohingya Muslim as well as arson attacks against their homes and farms in Rakhine.
Rohingya trace their presence in Rakhine back centuries, but most people Buddhist- majority Myanmar see them as unwanted immigrants from Bangladesh, with the state denying the Muslims citizenship.
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