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March 2, 2015

ကုလားဗလီေဆာင္ရန္တာစုေနျခင္းကုိကန္ ့ကြက္
နန္ျပည္နယ္။ ထုိင္းလန္းဒ္ – မတ္လ (၂) ရက္၊ ၂၀၁၅
ထုိင္းႏုိင္ငံေျမာက္ပုိင္း နန္ျပည္နယ္ရွိ ဘုန္းႀကီးေက်ာင္း
တခုတြင္ ဗုဒၶဘာသာ၀င္ထုိင္းလူမ်ဳိး တစ္ေထာင္ေက်ာ္မွ
ယင္းတုိ ့ခရုိင္တြင္ ကုလားဗလီတစ္ခုတည္ေဆာက္ရန္
ႀကံစည္ေနမူအား ကန္ ့ကြက္ဆႏၵျပခဲ့ၾကသည္။
အဆုိပါစုရုံးကန္ ့ကြက္ျခင္း၏အေျခခံအေၾကာင္းရင္း
မွာ ေဒသခံမြတ္ဆလင္မ်ားက နမ္ကဲန္းခရုိင္တြင္ေျမ
တစ္ကြက္၀ယ္ယူထားခဲ့ၿပိး ကုလားဗလီေဆာက္မည္
ဟူေသာသတင္းေၾကာင့္ဟု သိရသည္။ cr.Hlaing Bwa

02/3/2015  NAN — More than 1,000 Buddhists gathered by a temple in northern Thailand yesterday to protest a plan to construct a mosque in Nan province. The rally came in response to news that a group of local Muslims had purchased a plot of land in Nam Kaen subdistrict, where they said they intended to build a house of worship. Khaosod English 02 March 2015, Last update at 14:34:00 GMT Email Font Size PrintBuddhists Protest Mosque Construction in Northern Thailand NAN — More than 1,000 Buddhists gathered by a temple in northern Thailand yesterday to protest a plan to construct a mosque in Nan province. The rally came in response to news that a group of local Muslims had purchased a plot of land in Nam Kaen subdistrict, where they said they intended to build a house of worship. Advertisement Buddhists gather at Phra That Chae Haeng Temple to protest the construction of a mosque in Nan province, 1 March 2015. NORTH THAILAND BUDDHIST PROTEST After gathering in front of Phra That Chae Haeng Temple yesterday, more than 1,o00 white-clad protesters, who were joined by Buddhist monks and novices, marched to Nan City Hall and submitted a letter urging the provincial government to halt the mosque project. The letter insisted that opposition to the mosque was not motivated by “religious persecution,” but rather dissatisfaction with the lack of transparency and public consultation over the project. The letter also cited other concerns, such as “noise pollution,” “differences in lifestyle and culture” between Buddhists and Muslims, and possible “unrest and violence” that could follow the construction of the mosque. One banner held up by a demonstrator yesterday said: “If Muslims want a land of peace, they must go and make the 3 southern border provinces peaceful first,” a reference to Thailand’s Muslim-majority Deep South, where Islamic militants have been battling security forces since 2004 in an effort to secede from the nation. According to a representative from the Muslim group in Nan, the nearest mosque is 130km away in a neighboring province. “It’s not convenient for us to travel, and it’s dangerous, because some people have to travel by motorcycles, so I think there should be a mosque as a community center for Muslim brothers and sisters,” Imaam Yarin was quoted as saying by Thai Rath newspaper. “Furthermore, tourists from neighboring provinces, including foreigners and individuals who are Muslim, can visit the mosque. It will lead to more spending in the region.” Yet a Facebook page that helped organize yesterday’s demonstration, called “Nan Residents Against Mosque,” cast the construction project as a direct assault on Buddhism. “The religion of Buddha has been bullied enough. The last stronghold of Buddha’s religion in Thailand is the city of Nan,” read a post that urged others to join the protest. “Our ancestors have established Buddha’s religion in this land of Dharma. The children of Nan must defend it. Do not let others trample on it.” http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1425282802&typecate=06&section=

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