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Citing Muslim Speakers, Monks Force Cancellation of NLD Event

14 February 2014

A group of more than 40 Buddhist monks forced the cancellation of a public discussion organized by the National League for Democracy after they threatened to disrupt the event because two of four scheduled speakers were Muslims, The Myanmar Times reports. The discussion in Rangoon was scheduled for Union Day on Wednesday, but organizers canceled it after the monks demanded that the Muslim leaders—one a lawyer and the other a political activist—be pulled from the speakers’ roster. An NLD official said the party “tried to negotiate as much as possible” to prevent the event’s cancellation, while one objecting monk said “we only want the best for our national affairs, our religion and our country.”