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Renowned Thai monk investigated for criticising government’s handling of pandemic

Maya Taylor

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One of Thailand’s most prominent Buddhist monks has been accused of meddling in politics after he criticised the government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis. Thai PBS World reports that the Sangha Supreme Council has found Phra Maha Sompong Talaputto guilty of expressing political views, which is considered inappropriate. The monk and popular preacher from Bangkok’s Soi Thong Temple is renowned for his humorous talks, often with sarcastic political comments thrown in.

Anucha Nakasai from the office of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says the government had ordered the National Office of Buddhism to ask the Sangha Supreme Council to investigate social media reports that Phra Maha Sompong had criticised the government over its handling of Covid-19. He says now that the council has confirmed the claims and ruled against the monk, the abbot at Soi Thong Temple and the provincial chief monk will investigate Phra Maha Sompong’s behaviour to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

The monk is a long-standing critic of the PM. It’s understood the Sangha Supreme Council has also accused him of advertising liquid fertiliser on social media.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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    Stardust

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Wow nobody is allowed to think and talk anymore and shall accept that with a poor handling they will risk the lifes, economy and future of the country. This becomes everyday more scary. How countries end up with that kind of systems we can see at North Korea.

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    Elite

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Kim Prayut un-o-cha is following the North-Korean way.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    He’s not a monk he is a very naughty boy.
    Advertising liquid fertiliser on social media – not monkish behaviour is it?

    • Thaiger

      Thaiger

      Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      Apparently selling shit is worse than talking shit.

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    Gion

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    where is the free thai press and its journalists, is there such a thing in thailand? Comments in English ok, unfortunately only a fraction of the Thai population understands that. Those who can only speak and read Thai are excluded from free, independent reporting. and everything is done so that this condition does not change so quickly. Because if thai people could speak and read an international language then they would begin to ask questions that are very uncomfortable for people in power. The thai language is in itself a handicap to speak truths directly and the hope remains that the young generation will notice this and continue to educate themselves in order to build this beautiful country for the future.

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    Ray

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    The article raises a few questions. Aren’t monks in LOS allowed to make some money on the side? As we know Belgian monks are famous for their beer breweries. Is liquid fertilizer not a genuine product? Maybe it is human waste but than it is bio-degradable. BTW. He is pictured in a manga store. Iis a fan of comics? Is that forbidden too? He has my sympathy but than again I don’t know the whole story.

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    TV

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10:04 am

    What’s happening to this beautiful country. Unbelievable!

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