Nationalist monk group to hold annual meeting next week

Source : Myanmar Times
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Jun 14, 2019

The nationalist Buddha Dhamma Parahita Foundation, set up by former members of the Ma Ba Tha (Organisation for Protection of the Nation and Religion), will hold its annual meeting in Yangon next week.

An invitation letter said the meeting will be held on June 16-17 at Kyauktawgyi Pagoda in Insein township.

It comes as nationalists and supporters, including monks, have been holding rallies in Yangon for ultranationalist monk U Wirathu, who has been charged with sedition and is being sought by police after failing to appear for a court date.

The organisers said all those who are interested in race and religion are invited to the meeting.

Last year, the 47-member Sangha Maha Nayaka, which governs the country’s Buddhist clergy, ruled that the Ma Ba Tha had illegally changed its name to the Buddha Dhamma Parahita Foundation and ordered it not to carry out any activities under the name.

Religious Affairs and Culture Minister Thura U Aung Ko also said last year that its name change was illegal, since the Ma Ba Tha was an unofficial organisation.

On his social media page on June 6, U Wirathu accused Thura U Aung Ko of interfering in Sangha (monk) affairs and called for his resignation. – Translated

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