Monks, devotees block temple road

Monks, novices and followers of scandal-hit Wat Phra Dhammakaya chant and block the main road inside the temple grounds, as police ask them to clear the area on Thursday morning.

Thousands of supporters of this Buddhist sect gathered at the movement's space-age temple headquarters as police made an attempt to arrest Phra Dhammachayo, the 72-year-old abbot, on fraud charges.

The 72-year-old abbot allegedly accepted embezzled funds worth 1.2 billion baht (US$33 million) from the owner of a cooperative bank who was jailed.

(Videos and photos by Pattanapong Hirunard and Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

Published: 16 Jun 2016