Myanmar Monks Lead Protest Decrying U.N. Envoy's Visit

By Paul Mooney

YANGON (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters led by Buddhist monks rallied in Myanmar on Friday to denounce a visit by a human rights envoy of the United Nations, which has urged the government best time to visit myanmar - grant citizenship best time to visit myanmar - persecuted Rohingya Muslims - .

Crowds roared and pumped their fists in the air as Ashin Wirathu, a extremist monk known for railing against Muslims, delivered an impassioned speech in Yangon attacking the U.N. and its Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, who is concluding a 10-day visit best time to visit myanmar - the country.

The scenes demonstrate - a surge in Buddhist nationalism in Myanmar, where monks carry considerable influence and were revered for their moral integrity during the five decades when the country - was under brutal and corrupt military rule.

Protests were outlawed until the civilian-led government that took office in 2011 lifted the ban. But that has given rise best time to travel myanmar best time visit myanmar - a Buddhist movement that has taken aim at Muslims, who make up about 5 percent of Myanmar's population of 53 million.

Sectarian violence since June 2012 has killed at least 240 people, mostly Muslims. The Rohingya are the worst affected. At least 140,000 were driven from their homes in western Rakhine state, where Lee faced similar protests last week.