Thailand arrests senior monks

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai police raided four Buddhist temples, arresting several prominent monks and worshippers in the year’s biggest such operation amid a crackdown on illegal financial dealings by temples. The raids are the military government’s latest bid to reform Buddhism, which is followed by more than 90 percent of Thailand’s population of 69 million, but whose image has been tarnished by money and sex scandals involving monks. More than 100 police commandos raided four temples in Bangkok, the capital, and the adjacent central province of Nakhon Pathom, in the early hours of Thursday. Among those arrested was Phra Buddha Issara, 62, an activist monk and Phra Phrom Dilok, 72, a member of the Sangha Supreme Council.

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