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Myanmar: Dutch tourist charged with insulting Buddhism after pulling plug on sermon

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A DUTCH citizen who sparked public outrage when he allegedly unplugged an amplifier used by Buddhist monks to broadcast a sermon, is now facing the prospect of jail time in Myanmar (Burma), local media reported.
According to The Myanmar Times, the 30-year-old Klaas Haytema from Wans in the Netherlands was charged in court Monday with insulting religion over his actions, which had allegedly disrupted a religious festival. Burma is largely a conservative Buddhist nation.
The alleged offence took place on Sept 23 outside a hotel where Haytema was staying near a religious community hall in Yadanar Bomme East ward of Maha Aung Myay township, Mandalay Region.
After the incident, an angry crowd reportedly gathered outside the hotel to demand the tourist’s surrender but soldiers stepped in to avoid mob justice. The crowd only dispersed when the authorities assured them that legal action would be taken against Haytema, Tourist Police Captain Hla Myint said.

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