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Mandalay monk protest camp raided



Naypyitaw - Mandalay police have performed a dawn raid on a protest camp in Chanmyathazi Township on monks and supporters who defied the region's Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee’s order to disperse.

On August 2, nationalist monks and their supporters opened the camp to condemn the government in general.

At a press conference on August 4, military-appointed regional minister for security and border affairs Colonel Kyaw Kyaw Min said a team led by the commissioner of the general administration department went to the camp to negotiate with protesters. Two protest leaders failed to meet the officials even though they were invited twice. The Sangha committee also requested that the monks close the camp by August 4 as it was illegal. Protesters said they would continue.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of eight monks and five supporters, including protest leader Myint Oo, and a case was filed under Section 505(b) of the Code of Criminal Procedures.

During the raid, police detained 11 monks and two women. Six monks included on the warrant list were disrobed and sent to Obo prison. Police released five monks and two women.

Published : August 07, 2017

By : Myanmar Eleven Asia News Network