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Radical Monk Wirathu Praises Far-Right British Group

7 June 2013

Leading 969 Buddhist radical monk Wirathu told The Times of London on Thursday he wants the movement to imitate Britain’s militant English Defence League in its quest to boycott Muslim businesses and limit Islam’s influence in Burma. Wirathu, who was jailed for nine years for inciting anti-Muslim hatred in 2003, applauded the EDL for “protecting the public.” The comments come a week after clashes between the EDL and anti-fascist protesters in London. “We would like to be like the EDL,” he said. “Not carrying out violence, but protecting the public.”