Like many people who believe that social justice is needed for people all over the world, I was thrilled when social justice activists in Myanmar(Burma) fought against the military government which has stifled freedom in that land for over thirty years. It took time, it required leadership, and finally the beginning of freedom of speech and press is having a new birth in Burma. So, what has happened to this movement which argued that people had a fundamental right to be free from oppression for the political or religious rights? As all too often, those who begin the fight to end oppression, wind up in one way or another in imposing a new form of oppression on a different group.
The nation of Burma is mainly composed of those who are Buddhists. The government is run by Buddhists as well as the armed forces. During the past few years, the new government which promised a new era of democracy has launched one violent attack after another that is directed towards a Muslim minority known as the Rohingya. At least 100,000 are now in refugee camps after losing their property to mobs of Buddhists, and hundreds are dead as well as dozens of women being raped. I do not understand how people can struggle to create a democratic society and then turn around and become the oppressor? Latest stories indicate these refugees are now fleeing to Indonesia and Malaysia. Such are the fruits of democracy.