Myanmar nationalist monks protest Thai crackdown on sect

By The Associated Press

A Buddhist nationalist group that has been accused of stirring up religious tensions in Myanmar demonstrated Friday outside Thailand’s embassy in Myanmar to protest the Thai government’s siege of the temple headquarters of a controversial Buddhist sect.

The peaceful protest by more than 100 monks and supporters was organized by the Association of the Protection of Race and Religion — also known as Ma Ba Tha — a group that has been criticized for pushing an anti-Muslim agenda in mostly Buddhist Myanmar.