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Monks, supporters urge charter drafters to name Buddhism national religion

The Nation, Feb 14, 2007

Bangkok, Thailand -- A group of Buddhist monks and supporters rallied in front of Parliament Tuesday to demand charter drafters to state that Buddhism is the national religion.

The group of 100 demonstrators is led by Phra Mahacho Thassaniyo of Maha Chulalongkorn Monks University.

The monk said so far over 300,000 Buddhists had signed their name to demand that the next charter would specify Buddhism as the national religion.

He said if the number of signatories would grow over 1 million and he would later submit the names to the Constitution Drafting Committee.

He said if the call was ignored, Buddhists would definitely reject the draft constitution in a public referendum.

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