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In Myanmar, 3 Digits Instill Fear: ‘969’ Movement Led by Buddhist Monks

April 11, 2013

In Myanmar, 3 Digits Instill Fear

Led by Buddhist Monks, ‘969’ Movement Gains Traction as Freer Speech Helps Whip Up Anti-Muslim Sentiment

By SHIBANI MAHTANI

Myanmar’s Muslims are coming to see the digits 969 as a harbinger of sectarian violence and a chilling reminder of their isolation and vulnerability.[image] Reuters A sticker of the ‘969 movement,’ which encourages Buddhists to shun Muslim businesses is seen at a shop in Minhla, Myanmar, in March.

The number defines a loose group of Buddhists led by influential monks who encourage their co-religionists, the majority in Myanmar, to boycott businesses of Muslims. The 969 group has been blamed, in part, for inflaming spasms of violence that killed more than 200 people and left more than 100,000 homeless in the past year, including a spate of attacks in the central part of the country in recent weeks.

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