Monk denied bail after allegedly inciting unrest during anti-Rohingya protest in Myanmar

Monk denied bail after allegedly inciting unrest during anti-Rohingya protest in Myanmar

Parmaukkha attended court today (November 14)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Myanmese monk has been denied bail after allegedly inciting unrest during an anti-Rohingya protest which took place last year.

Despite the rally taking place in April last year, the monk, identified as Parmaukkha, was not detained until this weekend, according to The South China Morning Post.

The protest was calling for an end to the use of the word 'Rohingya', as many government officials and Buddhists in the country claim the race does not exist and the people who putatively belong to it are in fact illegal Bengali immigrants.

Parmaukkha is one of the most prominent nationalist monks in the country. However, it is unusual for figures such as him, who are against the Rohingya, to be arrested in Myanmar.

Several supporters of the monk were outside the court today (November 14) when Parmaukkha entered and as he said to them “[I] am just protecting the sovereignty of the state."

Myanmar has recently been accused of ethnic cleansing as scores of Rohingya people have fled the country amid reported attacks by the military.

More than 600,000 Rohingya people have managed to leave Myanmar as refugees since the crackdown began mid-August.

However the government in the country claims any crackdown is purely focused on terrorists, due to attacks which took place at police posts earlier this year. It has also not allowed officials from the United Nations to undertake an investigation on alleged crimes against humanity.

De facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has also come under fire for allegedly not doing enough to stop the persecution the Rohingya people.

Parmaukkha will next attend a court hearing on November 21.