Singapore's Burmese Buddhist Temple Closes Door To Activists

November 23, 2007

Author: Paul Icamina

Source: The Buddhist Channel,5438,0,0,1,0

The largest Burmese Buddhist temple in Singapore closed its doors Friday to activists who have been using it as a venue and even as a mailing address as they protest human rights violations and call for democracy in Myanmar. Participants clad in red T-shirts have been holding massive prayer sessions at the temple, distributing pro-democracy leaflets, since the ruling junta in Myanmar cracked down on peaceful protesters in September, the Bangkok Post reported.

"The temple is just a place of worship," The Straits Times quoted the management committee's honorary president David Lim as saying. "Anyone can come here for prayers, but we don't want it used for political activities."