Senior Buddhist Monk Arrested in Rangoon

September 8, 2008

Author: Terry Evans

Source: The Buddhist Channel,7092,0,0,1,0

A senior Buddhist monk was arrested in Rangoon on Friday after security forces raided his monastery, according to the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners—Burma (AAPP).

Military intelligence officers raided the monastery in the early hours of Friday morning and arrested the 58-year-old monk named U Thilawontha.

There is increased vigilance over Buddhist monasteries in Rangoon and several other cities across the country. Sources in central Burma said the authorities have tried to force abbots of monasteries to sign a pledge not to allow its monks from leading any kind of anti-government protests.