Dr. Maug Zarni’s Canadian tour to bring public awareness to the alleged genocide of Muslims in Burma, known today as Myanmar, dropped by Toronto City Hall last week.
Dr. Zarni contends that what’s happening to Burma’s Muslim minority at the hands of the Buddhist majority qualifies as ethnic cleansing, a narrative reported by most media in the West.
But there are others who believe the vilification of the country’s Buddhist majority government is an elaborate PR stunt that depicts Muslims as oppressed victims and Buddhists as oppressors, when a case can be made that it is Muslim militants who are responsible for the bloodshed in Burma.
Things got heated at City Hall when an activist for Burma’s Buddhists, Rick Heizman, interrupted Dr. Zarni’s presentation in an attempt to offer the contrary point of view.
Tempers flared and accusations of “Islamophobia” rang out resulting in Heizman eventually being escorted out of City Hall by security guards.
We caught up with Heizman outside to get his side of the story regarding the alleged ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Burma.
The debate over what’s going on in Burma today will continue to rage but where’s the tolerance for allowing both sides of the story to make their respective cases?
Rick Heizman simply wanted to make his viewpoints known to those taking in the presentation at City Hall, but it seems any opinion that contradicts the Muslims as victims narrative is not welcome in a Western democracy such as Toronto.