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Myanmar: Arrest warrant of anti-Rohingya Buddhist monk issued  

A local court in Myanmar has issued a warrant for the arrest of the anti-Rohingya nationalist Buddhist monk on the charges of sedition.

Police said that the court issued an arrest warrant of Wirathu, who is known for his rhetoric against minority Muslims, particularly the Rohingya community.

The monk has also been critical of the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi and supportive of Myanmar’s powerful military.

Police spokesman Myo Thu Soe said the arrest warrant had been issued on Tuesday by the western district court in Myanmar’s main city, Yangon.

He did not give a reason for the warrant.

At recent rallies, Wirathu has accused the government of corruption and criticized it for trying to change the constitution in a way that would reduce the power of the military.

An aide of Wirathu said that the sedition charge is aimed at bullying him.

Wirathu is the most prominent of the nationalist monks to gain growing political weight in Myanmar since a transition from military rule began in 2011.

The police spokesman said the warrant had not yet been received by police in the central city of Mandalay, where Wirathu is based.

Wirathu was banned by Myanmar’s highest religious authority from preaching for one year until early last year because of hate speech.

He has often targeted Rohingya Muslims, more than 700,000 of whom fled an army crackdown in Rakhine State in 2017 that U.N. investigators said was carried out with “genocidal intent”.

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