Monks break through Thai military barricade

Monks break through Thai military barricade
Buddhist monks scuffle with a soldier during a protest against state interference in religious affairs near a temple in Nakhon Pathom province on the outskirts of Bangkok
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A 15-minute tussle broke out when Dhammakaya monks broke through the military line into the compound of the National Office of Buddhism Monday at the Buddha Monthon park afternoon.

Some 50 troops failed to prevent the monks and laymen followers from breaking their line into the compound.

During the tussle, a monk was seen head-locking a troop and pulling him out of the way.

The monks wanted to rally inside the compound of the National Office of Buddhism to demand the office to speed up the process of the appointment of the new supreme patriarch. The monks accused the office of dragging its feet over the appointment.

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