Posted by: becketfund | October 8, 2007

Myanmar: Junta Shuts Buddhist Seminaries, Orders Novices to Return Home

AsiaNews reports that the Burmese junta is now engaged in a defamatory campaign against Buddhist monks who led a peaceful protest against the government, telling the people that the monks did not follow the teachings of the Buddha and deserved to be punished for their disobedience. Meanwhile, they have also taken steps to further restrict the monks’ religious freedom, closing seminaries and sending the novice monks out of the cities and back to their villages. As many as 135 monks remain in detention, along with 78 civilians, as reports surface that soldiers have burnt members of the opposition alive in a crematorium outside Yangon, where they generally dispose of the bodies of wounded detainees.

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