Monks ask Bangladesh to rein in violence
About 300 monks and Buddhists rallied at the United Nations Building and parliament yesterday to protest against Muslims who burned down several Buddhist temples in Bangladesh.
- Published: 4/10/2012 at 12:00 AM
- Newspaper section: news
More than 200 monks rally outside the United Nations building on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue to condemn the violence against Buddhists in Bangladesh yesterday. Thousands of rioters torched Buddhist temples and homes in southeastern Bangladesh on Sept 31 over a photo posted on Facebook deemed offensive to Islam. CHANAT KATANYU
The violence was triggered after a Buddhist man posted a photo of a burning Koran on the social network site Facebook.
Dr Pornchai Pinyapong, head of the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth, said the group came out to denounce the violence in Chittagong, Bangladesh which injured several Buddhists, including a monk.
Its petition asks the UN and the government to pressure Bangladesh into protecting Buddhists. They also want the damaged temples repaired.
A UN representative, and Leelawadee Watcharobol, of the Senate committee on religion, arts and culture, received the petition.
The group also handed its demand to the embassy of Bangladesh in Bangkok on Tuesday.
"We are monitoring the news closely and if the violence shows no sign of stopping, we will pressure the government to stop issuing visas for Muslim Bangladeshi citizens," Dr Pornchai said.
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- Writer: Lamphai Intathep
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