Myanmar arrests anti-Muslim activist for facebook post about Suu Kyi
May 5, Yangon: A prominent anti-Muslim activist has been arrested for posting a provocative statement on Facebook about Myanmar's army commander and the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, reports said.
The head of a Buddhist nationalist group and a human rights lawyer said Thursday that Nay Myo Wai, chairman of Yangon based Peace and Diversity Party, was arrested Wednesday after a complaint was filed against him for a Facebook posting falsely claiming that army commander Min Aung Hliang had not seized power because he wanted to marry Suu Kyi.
He could face up to three years in jail and a fine if convicted of using a telecommunications network to extort, threaten, obstruct, defame, disturb, inappropriately influence or intimidate. The suit was filed by Wai Yan Aung, an executive member of the Burma Teachers' Federation.
Suu Kyi's government, which took power at the end of March, has been cautious in dealing with the widespread anti-Muslim sentiment, which has been spearheaded by nationalist Buddhist monks. The issue became a major problem when violence broke out in 2013 in the western state of Rakhine between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, according to news reprots.
The Oslo Times