Thursday, December 22, 2011

Police State evicts Buddhist monk

Buddhist monks look at a notice from the state committee of Great Monastic Order (Sangha Maha Nayaka) at Shwenyawar Monastery in Rangoon, Dec. 15, 2011. The state committee announced the removal of Pyi Nyar Thiha from the monastery after he preached at the NLD.

(VOA) A Buddhist monk in Burma has been ordered out of his monastery after giving a speech at an office of [pro-democracy] leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party.

Ven. Ashin Pyinyar Thiha, who recently met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her historic visit to Burma, says he received a letter from a government-backed council of Buddhist elders.
The state committee [that tries to control the Buddhist monastic order] is asking him to leave Sadhu Buddhist Monastery in Rangoon, saying the speech he gave in September at a branch of Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD in Mandalay, in central Burma, was inappropriate.

Ashin Pyinyar Thiha told the French news agency he will appeal the decision. In recent months the Sadhu monastery has held a series of political events. Burma's new government took over in March and has shown tentative steps toward democratic reform. More

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