Myanmar authorities ban mosque’s centennial jubilee celebration

Myanmar authorities ban mosque’s centennial jubilee celebration
(Saturday, January 9, 2016) 10:24

Myanmar Authorities have banned a mosque on the outskirts of the commercial capital Yangon from celebrating its centennial jubilee on Monday, following complaints from the country’s firebrand nationalist monk Wirathu.

A caretaker at the mosque said by phone that the local authorities on Sunday refused to give the Muslims the permission to celebrate the Mosque’s 100th birthday scheduled for Monday, January 4, in coincidence with the 68th anniversary of Myanmar’s Independence Day.

“We planned the celebration on Independence Day so many people can join the event because it is a holiday,” said the caretaker, who asked not to be named out of fear of reprisal.

However, he said, the local authorities refused to give them the necessary permission to celebrate the occasion on Monday, under the pretext that “any other celebration, especially a religious ceremony at a mosque, should not happen on Independence Day.”

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