Buddhist monks march in Bangkok over Bangladesh unrest

Featured - October 4th, 2012

Buddhist monks took to the streets of the capital city of Bangkok in protest of recent Muslim attacks that has ravaged temples and houses in Bangladesh, AFP reports.

Around 300 monks studying Buddhism in Thailand gathered outside the UN regional office in Bangkok carrying signs that read “No More Violence We Want Peace” and “Stop Muslim Terrorism on Bangladesh Buddhists”. The monks are calling for a probe into the Bangladesh unrest that has left Buddhist temples and houses burned to the ground.

“We don’t want to blame anyone, but we want this barbaric incident to stop because now Buddhist followers have to seek protection from police around the clock,” Kanraya Tasanasarit, one of the event organizers, told AFP.

Bangladesh police said they had arrested 300 people allegedly involved in the riot, the latest in the spate of unrest in the Muslim world. Sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims have increased since the groups clashed in Rakhine, Myanmar.