Myanmar government criticizes Buddhist nationalist group

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Myanmar's government has denounced an influential Buddhist nationalist group after failing to speaking against it strongly while others were accusing it of using hate speech and inspiring violence against Muslims.

The Ma Ba Tha organization's charismatic leader, the monk Wirathu, responded Wednesday by calling the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, a "woman dictator."

The Sangha Council, a state institution that oversees Buddhist monastic discipline, declared Tuesday that it did not recognize Ma Ba Tha in the Buddhist order. The government's minister for Yangon said last week the group shouldn't exist, responding to Ma Ba Tha's demands on policy toward the Muslim Rohingya minority.