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300 monks protest in Bangkok against anti-Buddhist attacks in Bangladesh

Published on Oct 3, 2012 6:00 PM
Bangladeshi monks studying Buddhism in Thailand display signs and pictures of destruction in their country as they hold a demonstration calling for an end to attacks against Buddhist communities in Bangladesh, in front of the United Nations regional office in Bangkok on Oct 3, 2012. Muslim mobs attacked temples and houses on Sept 29 - 30 in south-eastern Bangladesh after claims that a young Buddhist man had posted Facebook photos defaming Quran, in what Buddhist leaders described as the worst violence against the community since independence. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - About 300 Buddhist monks demonstrated in the Thai capital Bangkok on Wednesday against recent attacks by Muslim mobs targeting temples and houses in Bangladesh.

Holding signs reading "No More Violence We Want Peace" and "Stop Muslim Terrorism on Bangladesh Buddhist", the monks from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand massed outside the United Nation offices to call for a probe into the unrest.

"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," one of the event organisers, Kanraya Tasanasarit, said.

Bangladesh police said on Tuesday they had arrested nearly 300 people in connection with the violence, which saw Buddhist temples and homes damaged or set on fire.

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