(10 February) A group of Redshirts protesters have alleged that an anti-government monk activist had illegally purchased lands in Chiang Mai province.
Buddha Issara is currently leading a protest rally on behalf of the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD) on Chaeng Wattana Road.
According to a Redshirts activist, the monk possesses a number of lands without proper authorisation in Mae Wang district.
Around 300 Redshirts protesters gathered in front of one such property this morning, demanding an official investigation into the land′s ownership, as Buddhist monks are not allowed to own any wealth, let alone an estate property.
Mr. Pichit Tamool, a local Redshirt leader, said many residents in the district have complained that the monk has purchased many lands from them and promised the residents the lands would be used for temple construction.
However, according to Mr. Pichit, the temple was never constructed. Instead, residential buildings were seen inside the fenced properties allegedly owned by Buddha Issara. Mr. Pichit added that the buildings themselves were constructed without permit from the authorities.
Reporters were not allowed inside the property today.
Pol.Col. Suphol Foomoolcharoen, another Redshirt activist, said the police should investigate the matter and issue arrest warrant on the monk if he is found guilty.
"Chiang Mai residents will be the eyes and ears," Pol.Col. Suphol said, "If Buddha Issara ever comes to Chiang Mai, they will immediately inform the police".
After listening to speeches by leaders denouncing Buddha Issara′s political activism, the Redshirts later dispersed peacefully from the area.
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