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969: The three digits that are terrifying Muslims in Burma
France24 ^ | 03/05/2013 | Aung Rangoon / Ko Moe Myint

Posted on 05/04/2013 10:24:54 AM PDT by csvset

‘969’: The three digits that are terrifying Muslims in Burma

This photo shows the cover of two CDs with the '969' logo at the top. On the far right is the monk Wirathu, the leader of the '969' campaign. The CD is titled "Monks' teachings: How to protect our religion and nation." Photo courtesy of MMedia.

Brightly-coloured posters and stickers bearing the number "969" are popping up in cities all over Burma. These look innocuous enough at first glance. However, “969” actually denotes an anti-Islam campaign led by hardliner Buddhist monks. Burmese Muslims say it has stirred up hatred and paranoia, resulting in a string of bloody anti-Muslim riots across the country over the past weeks.

The three digits ‘969’ originally refer to the Buddha’s “three jewels” , but they are now being used as a brand name for a nationalist, anti-Muslim campaign led by a prominent monk based in Mandalay. Wirathu, who likes to refer to himself as the “Burmese Bin Laden”, was jailed in 2003 for inciting riots against Muslims, but was released as part of a general amnesty in 2012. Since then, he’s spearheaded the fast-growing ‘969’ movement, making numerous speeches calling on Buddhists to “buy 969” and boycott Muslim-owned stores.

Anti-Muslim sentiment has boiled over repeatedly since the ‘969’ campaign first emerged several months ago. In late March, rioters went on a three-day rampage in the central town of Meikhtila, burning down Muslims’ homes, businesses, and mosques. About 40 people were killed. The remnants of Muslim-owned stores were spray-painted with the digits ‘969’. Many witnesses said that during all this, the police stood by and watched. Shortly afterwards, more riots erupted in the Bago region after travelling monks preached the ‘969’ ideology. And early this week, fresh clashes broke out in Oakkan, a town north of Rangoon, where at least one person was killed.

With no end to these tensions in sight, thousands of Muslims displaced by these recent riots are staying shut up in refugee camps. According to the latest census, Muslims make up about 4 percent of Burma’s total population.

An activist placing a pamphlet calling for peace between religions on the windshield of a taxi bearing ‘969’ stickers (circled in red). Photo published on Facebook by CJMyanmar. Photos of the ‘969’ campaign are rather difficult to obtain, due to the sensitive nature of the subject. However, one Malaysian journalist was able to film ‘969’ propaganda in a Rangoon market.

My sister, who owns a store, has lost nearly all of her customers since the start of the ‘969’ campaign”

Aung (not her real name) lives in Rangoon. She is Muslim.

I started seeing ‘969’ stickers and signs in Rangoon just a couple months ago. Some shopkeepers put them on their storefronts, and taxi drivers stick them to their windshields. It’s a minority, but it belies a wider boycott of Muslim stores. Supporters of ‘969’ have been passing out pamphlets telling people not to shop at Muslim-owned stores.

My sister owns a store, and has lost nearly all her customers since the start of this campaign. They know she’s Muslim – she looks Muslim, and wears a scarf. Like many other Muslim business owners, she is facing serious financial troubles because of this boycott.

“All of my closest friends are Buddhists, and all of them avoid me these days”

I recently visited one of my oldest friends’ stores, and noticed she had put up a ‘969’ sign. She’s Buddhist and has recently started treating me like a stranger, so I didn’t dare ask her why she did this. All of my closest friends are Buddhists, and all of them avoid me these days.

I don’t feel safe in Rangoon anymore. I don’t think Muslims are safe anywhere in this country right now. I would like to go live abroad, but my parents are too old to move, and I can’t leave them alone.

A ‘969’ sticker in a Rangoon textile store. This photo was sent to us by one of our Observers.

“The more we see the ‘969’ signs, the more we feel unsafe”

Ko Moe Myint (not his real name) is a technician who lives in Naypyidaw, Burma’s capital. He is Muslim.

In Naypyidaw, the ‘969’ campaign has really kicked off in the past few days. Unknown people in vans are now going around house-to-house, shop-by-shop to distribute ‘969’ stickers and DVDs. They’re also putting stickers up in public areas, like at bus stops. It’s like they’re carrying out a marketing campaign! They’re doing this mainly along Yaza Hta Nay Road, which is a major business area but is also home to a mixed community of Buddhists, Muslims and some Chinese business people.

Recently, I’ve also seen lots of DVDs of Wirathu’s speeches being sold in town. One store I went to had about 100 copies. Newspaper vendors sell it out on the street, too. Lots of copies are spreading hand-to-hand. Others spread his speeches online, mainly through Facebook.

“Some ‘969’ campaigners told people that meat and vegetables sold at Muslim-owned stores were poisonous”

This campaign is clearly influencing Buddhists quite a lot. For example, I’m currently building a house, and some of my employees are Buddhists. They’ve just quit. They either don’t want or don’t dare to talk to me anymore. I saw ‘969’ stickers on their motorbikes.

Buddhists now go only to shops owned by Buddhists. Some ‘969’ campaigners warned people not to eat meat and vegetables bought at Muslim-owned stores. They told them that it was poisonous! They said that it was not poisonous immediately, but in six months…

Some Buddhists say that the ‘969’ campaign doesn’t attack other religions, that it is just expressing pride in Buddhism. However, since it’s emerged, Muslim communities across the country have been targeted! For us Muslims, ‘969’ is a sign of violence, a threat. The more we see the signs, the more we feel unsafe. Buddhist and Muslim communities that had lived together peacefully in the past are now torn apart because of ‘969’. As long as this campaign exists, I don’t think there will be any stability in Burma.

This flyer reads: "Protect your race and religion. Avoid to buy anything with the label of 786, meaning 'halal'. Don't deal with Muslim 'Kalar' [a derogatory term for Burmese Muslims] for friendship, marriage, or business. Myanmar girls must avoid falling in love with Muslim 'Kalar'. Everyone must be responsible for preventing Myanmar from becoming an Islamic country." Photo courtesy of MMedia.

Ko Moe Myint


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: buddist; burma; monks; muslim
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Things are heating up in Burma.
1 posted on 05/04/2013 10:24:54 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

You want to play the game Muzzies, now the game is being played.


2 posted on 05/04/2013 10:27:47 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: csvset

I was pretty ticked off when WTKK 96.9 switched from talk radio to a music format, but I didn’t set myself or anybody else on fire over it.


3 posted on 05/04/2013 10:27:48 AM PDT by x
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To: csvset

“hardliner Buddhist monks” - now there’s a phrase I never expected to see.


4 posted on 05/04/2013 10:28:04 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: csvset

You got to be pretty out of line to piss off a Buddhist!


5 posted on 05/04/2013 10:28:57 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: csvset

Islam whines while it creates new enemies.
No sympathy.


6 posted on 05/04/2013 10:34:41 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: csvset
So far, no violence? No rapes? No beheadings? No honor killings, forced conversions? 969 is doing what the progressives tried to do to Chik fil a, what Cesar Chavez did to fruit growers.

No boo hoos here.

7 posted on 05/04/2013 10:34:54 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: csvset

When does 969 go worldwide on these savages?

Pray for America to Wake Up


8 posted on 05/04/2013 10:36:30 AM PDT by bray (Surviving to spite Obama)
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To: csvset

No more peaceful Buddhist sh!t...not when you are up against crazy Muslim killers who are already laying waste to Southern Thailand and driving out Buddhists there.

Mooslims as victims? Ha! Never fall that crap.


9 posted on 05/04/2013 10:40:02 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

It was triggered by a series of rape attacks by Muslims against Buddhists.


10 posted on 05/04/2013 10:40:13 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: csvset
Anti-Muslim sentiment has boiled over repeatedly since the ‘969’ campaign first emerged several months ago. In late March, rioters went on a three-day rampage in the central town of Meikhtila, burning down Muslims’ homes, businesses, and mosques. About 40 people were killed.

It's impossible that this is the full story. I'd have to bet that the part about the Muslims making the first move has been deliberately left out, not that it started when somebody poured himself a nice cup of tea, stared at a wall for a couple of hours, and decided it was time to rampage against Muslims via this "969 campaign".

11 posted on 05/04/2013 10:40:45 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Twotone

Then again, one of the most devoutly Buddhist countries is Thailand. Always smiling (and usually picking their noses up to the third joint) but they are the absolutely the wrong people to mess with. The Burmese must have a similar personality.


12 posted on 05/04/2013 10:41:21 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: csvset

Good going Buddhists! You had enough with the screaming angry bearded savages.


13 posted on 05/04/2013 10:44:19 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: csvset

“I don’t feel safe in Rangoon anymore. I don’t think Muslims are safe anywhere in this country right now. I would like to go live abroad, but my parents are too old to move, and I can’t leave them alone.”

Muslims are their own worst enemy. Eventually people’s eyes will open. You brought this upon yourself.
_______ OWN IT!


14 posted on 05/04/2013 10:44:28 AM PDT by Cyclops08
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To: csvset

Tit for tat, mooselambs, tit for tat.


15 posted on 05/04/2013 10:45:15 AM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: csvset

The Buddhists are are learning to play by the Muslims’ rules. The journalists who wrote this article even have their names blurred out on the newspaper website. The battle is joined.


16 posted on 05/04/2013 10:46:35 AM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: katana

Good for them! The Muslims have as a tenet of their religion to convert the infidel or kill them. They should be coming face to face with that themselves. Then maybe they’ll ‘update’ their belief system.


17 posted on 05/04/2013 10:51:38 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Free Vulcan
hardliner Buddhist monks

Three words I would have never thought to see.

I do agree with you, though, that these Muslims cause a lot of damage everywhere they live. But, when someone fights back, they begin whining. I believe that a few years ago (I think in Indonesia), a couple of schoolgirls were beheaded by people of the Muslim faith. So, people pushing back at this religion seems like self-defense to me.

18 posted on 05/04/2013 10:56:09 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: csvset

Well, those who live by the sword, as they say.

I thought they didn’t call it Burma anymore?


19 posted on 05/04/2013 10:57:55 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Twotone
"“hardliner Buddhist monks” - now there’s a phrase I never expected to see."

Consider the source: "Ko Moe Myint (not his real name) is a technician who lives in Naypyidaw, Burma’s capital. He is Muslim."

20 posted on 05/04/2013 10:58:31 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: csvset
For us Muslims, ‘969’ is a sign of violence, a threat. The more we see the signs, the more we feel unsafe.

One thing I have noticed about the muslims. They are very adept at playing the victim, but without acknowledging the victimization done in the name of Islam or jihad. Just like the mother of the two Boston bombers.

21 posted on 05/04/2013 10:58:51 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Cyprus - the beginning)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

just remember Shaolin monks are buddhist and they kick ass... ;)


22 posted on 05/04/2013 11:00:58 AM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: csvset

Hmm, wonder if I can get a vanity license plate 969? Well at least I can add it to my tag line.


23 posted on 05/04/2013 11:03:22 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: katana
"(and usually picking their noses up to the third joint)"

Now that is a picture........

24 posted on 05/04/2013 11:05:14 AM PDT by Average Al
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To: Larry Lucido; Gamecock

“Things are heating up in Burma.”

You most likely know it as Myanmar.

But it will always be Burma to me.


25 posted on 05/04/2013 11:07:36 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: csvset

So, it’s not just Christians who recognize a demonic lie masquerading as a religion ... excellent!


26 posted on 05/04/2013 11:10:58 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Wurlitzer

I was wondering the same thing.

Americans wouldn’t know what was happening when, all of a sudden, moslems in the US start acting squirrely and “put upon”.

(worth a try, huh?)


27 posted on 05/04/2013 11:14:27 AM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Twotone

Lol.


28 posted on 05/04/2013 11:15:40 AM PDT by Hildy (Falling down is how you grow. Staying down is how you die.)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

“You got to be pretty out of line to piss off a Buddhist!”

Exactly.


29 posted on 05/04/2013 11:17:51 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Mortrey

Maybe all FR’s could add 969 to their tag line to show their support of real religions and a disdain for hate cults.


30 posted on 05/04/2013 11:23:53 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: csvset

I suspect it’s the Amish who are stirring up the Buddhists — Oskar bin Ladenkirk.


31 posted on 05/04/2013 11:28:16 AM PDT by twister881
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To: VRW Conspirator

They’re an entire culture of shit-talking bullies. I heartily laugh at their “persecution.” They deserve every bit of it.


32 posted on 05/04/2013 11:28:30 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Twotone

>Then maybe they’ll ‘update’ their belief system.<

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The only way they can do that is burning the Koran, condemning Mohammed and anything he stands for and starting from scratch.


33 posted on 05/04/2013 11:30:33 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: csvset

This is propoganda from the Muslim side of the story.


34 posted on 05/04/2013 11:31:30 AM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: csvset

I got an answer to that!

Muzzleman shop owners should place a 969 sticker in your window, kind of like a “SOUL BROTHER” sign in white owned shops during the riots of 1968!


35 posted on 05/04/2013 11:39:55 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Do we now register our pressure cookers?)
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To: csvset
For us Muslims, ‘969’ is a sign of violence, a threat. The more we see the signs, the more we feel unsafe.

Score one for the Karmic Wheel, I guess. Muslims and Minarets have become symbols of violence, and certainly the threat of violence, here in the U.S.

Too bad the established state religion of non-religion here commands its adherents to pretend such open threats don't exist.

36 posted on 05/04/2013 11:46:55 AM PDT by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: csvset

It’s called numbers. Whenever a religious or ethnic group reaches the highest number demographically, they push out the current minority group (and before the PC idiots scream “that’s racist,” it doesn’t mean Black or Hispanic - it means the current demographic group inhabiting an area.)

Watch it happening all over the globe and it will happen in the USA in a few decades.

One can see it happening on smaller scale in cities, in neighborhoods, in work places, in governments. It happens in churches, in schools and everywhere.

It is a part of our human nature and will not change no matter what the materialists in the global government game think.


37 posted on 05/04/2013 11:51:42 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Twotone

they meditate before going into combat


38 posted on 05/04/2013 12:10:53 PM PDT by Psiman (PS I am not a crackpot)
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To: csvset
Things are heating up in Burma.

and looking up! Burmese are not so worried about being fair and non discriminatory. They are capable still of discriminating evil.

39 posted on 05/04/2013 12:23:52 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's EconomTheiics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: csvset

A 91101 campaign sounds about right.


40 posted on 05/04/2013 12:27:42 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Twotone
“hardliner Buddhist monks” - now there’s a phrase I never expected to see.

It is not their buddhism, I think, about which they are "hardline." It is survival. They have modern communications and can see what is happening to the West. Once upon a time 1500 or so ago Buddhism went through a hard proselyting phase, especially in China so it is in their heritage to be activist, even if not in their tenets.

41 posted on 05/04/2013 12:30:03 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Terrified moslims, has a kind of nice ring to it
for a change.


42 posted on 05/04/2013 12:30:22 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Wurlitzer
Maybe all FR’s could add 969 to their tag line to show their support of real religions and a disdain for hate cults.

Done.

43 posted on 05/04/2013 12:31:57 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything + 969)
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To: jiggyboy

The violence in the southermost region has been constant and one sided for a long time. Many Buddhists, including numerous schoolchildren have died from Jihad.


44 posted on 05/04/2013 12:32:15 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: LibertarianLiz
a couple of schoolgirls

was an atrocity that made it to the Western press. There have been many more but the press learned its lesson from that one and reverted to type i.e. see no/hear no/speak no evil re: Moslems.

45 posted on 05/04/2013 12:34:52 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: csvset

Sweet.


46 posted on 05/04/2013 12:36:23 PM PDT by moovova
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To: MHGinTN
So, it’s not just Christians who recognize a demonic lie masquerading as a religion

Hindus in India have recognized this for something over a thousand years.

47 posted on 05/04/2013 12:36:40 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: Bryan24

I read the whole thing. There are several items there. It seems pretty straightforward just-the-facts, ma’am.


48 posted on 05/04/2013 12:38:57 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's EconomTheiics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: csvset

When is this activity coming to the USA, UK, Europe and other Islamic over run Countries.

The spread of Islam must be stopped.


49 posted on 05/04/2013 12:48:37 PM PDT by BobNative
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To: csvset
Good post describing the gripe from the "Mad Monk's" point of view (without all the politically-correct, UN, and/or 'little ol Muslim' nonsense) can be overviewed and read HERE.
50 posted on 05/04/2013 12:48:44 PM PDT by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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