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February 20, 2020

Clearance of Mandalay, Yangon demonstration camps

Temporary suspension of demonstration camp in front of Yangon Bronze Buddha Image Pagoda Yangon.  Photo: Zaw Gyi

A demonstration camp setup in Maha Myat Muni Pagoda area, Chanmyathazi Township, Mandalay since 2 August was cleared under the arrangement of Mandalay Region government. Yesterday morning.
11 monks and 2 women were detained when the camp was cleared on the morning of 2 August. The 11 detained monks include six who were of the eight leading monks and five persons who were already being issued an arrest warrant. The six were then defrocked in front of the Region Sangha Nayaka Committee Chairman Sayadaw.
Afterward, the remaining five monks who were not included in the arrest warrants wrote testimonials and signed consent letters in front of Region Sangha Nayaka Sayadaws and were escorted back to their respective monasteries. A demonstration camp in front of Mahazeya Atula Marazane Bronze Buddha Image Pagoda was reported to have been temporarily suspended starting from yesterday evening. A decision was made to temporarily suspend the demonstration camp after the leading monks who staged anti-government protests at the camp were requested by Yangon Region Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee on 4 August to vacate.


MNA and Zaw Gyi


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