Case to be regis­tered against US Am­bas­sador for in­sult­ing reli­gion

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS - Tun Tun Win

Magway monastery ab­bot U Pa­mauk Kha has told Mizzima that he will regis­ter a case against the US Am­bas­sador, a painter and a man who posted a photo of his paint­ing on the FB Face­book page of the US em­bassy in Yangon.

“At an art ex­hi­bi­tion spon­sored by the US em­bassy, an im­age of Lord Bud­dha, who is wor­shipped in Myan­mar by about 86% of peo­ple, was ex­hib­ited with the face cov­ered by a res­pi­ra­tor and the lower part of the paint­ing look­ing like the gar­ment worn by women. This paint­ing hurts the re­li­gious sen­ti­ments of the 86% of the coun­try.” Ab­bot U Pa­mauk Kha said.

The ab­bot will file a di­rect com­plaint at Ka­mayut Town­ship court on Au­gust 1 in the morn­ing.

A Myan­mar youth painted the Bud­dha im­age and it was posted on US em­bassy Face­book page on July 26 and then many ob­jected and crit­i­cized this paint­ing by leav­ing com­ments such as ‘Lord Bud­dha is not for your il­lus­tra­tion’, ‘You must show re­spect to reli­gion.’

The US em­bassy re­moved the post from its Face­book page on July 27 and is­sued a state­ment on this is­sue say­ing, “We stand with free­dom of ex­pres­sion. We hope this art could in­sti­gate and make aware­ness of se­ri­ous en­vi­ron­ment con­ser­va­tion is­sues with pro­found think­ing and con­sid­er­a­tions.” The state­ment fur­ther says they re­spect all re­li­gions.

The US em­bassy or­ga­nized and spon­sored this ‘Insight Out’ art ex­hi­bi­tion which shows and por­trays voices of Myan­mar youths with the theme of en­vi­ron­ment con­ser­va­tion and men­ace of air pol­lu­tion.

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