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Myanmar’s hardline monks gather despite ban

YANGON: Hundreds of monks and supporters of Myanmar’s ultra-nationalist Ma Ba Tha movement gathered in a Yangon monastery Saturday, in a defiant meeting days after Buddhist authorities banned their network, which has been accused of stoking Islamophobia. The monk-led movement grew in strength under the country’s previous military-backed government, peddling a brand of Buddhist nationalism that aggravated religious unrest mainly targeted at minority Muslims. But after months of distancing itself from the radical group,…

All routes blocked as police gather outside PAT secretariat to stop marchers

Additional contingent of police has reached outside Minhaj Secretariat and nobody in the secretariat allowed to go inside or come out as what is being described as a security measure by law enforcers. Aerial surveillance of Minhaj Secretariat has also begun by law enforcement agencies. PAT chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri has asked his workers and supporters to gather in the Minhajul Quran ground before proceeding with their march. Dr. Qadri will shortly announce revolution march to start. PAT leader Raheeq Abbasi said police had…