Myanmar's highest body of Buddhist monks demanded that the military junta stop violence against civilians.


The Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee decided to abandon its activities in protest against the Army and urged it to stop killing, arresting, and torturing the population that rejects the coup.

The highest body of Buddhist monks in Myanmar has decided to cease its activities in protest against the military junta. It asked to stop killing, arresting, and torturing unarmed civilians, local media reported on Wednesday.

This was decided by the Committee of the Sangha Maha Nayaka (Mahana), the Buddhist authorities' official name, in a meeting held on Tuesday amid the violence against the demonstrations. Soldiers and the military have killed at least 200 civilians in the last six weeks.

It is something similar to the MDC (Civil Disobedience Movement)," a committee member told the local media Myanmar Now about the movement initiated by the health workers against the junta, which officials and workers from other sectors have joined.

The monks will present their decision on Thursday in an official document with six points before the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs. The Buddhist committee officially depends.

Buddhism is practiced by 90% of Burmese. Generals visit temples and attend religious ceremonies frequently, which they have continued to do after the military coup on February 1.

The Buddhist religious led in 2007 the so-called Saffron Revolution, a series of demonstrations against the economic situation and the management of the then military junta that ended up harshly repressed.

The military authorities began a process of transition towards a "disciplined democracy" and ceded power in 2011, although retaining 25% of the seats in Parliament and the Ministries of Defense, Interior, and Borders.

After the unstoppable rise of the Nobel Peace Prize Aung San Suu Kyi, who swept the 2015 and 2020 elections, the military retook power. It arrested her and a large part of her government on the same day that the new Legislative, on February 1.

More than 1,600 detainees in custody

Since the coup, the authorities have detained more than 2,000 people. Around 1,600 remain in custody, including Suu Kyi, the country's former de facto head who is virtually in communicado.

Despite the repression with tear gas and rubber and live ammunition, Burmese people, take to the streets daily to protest against the junta and demand the release of the detainees and the return of democracy.