World Burma: 12 deaths, including an influential monk, in the crash of a military plane
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The crash of a military plane Thursday, June 10 near Mandalay, in Burma, made at least 12 deaths, including 6 soldiers. The device would have lost contact with the control tower while it came near a steel plant, a few hundred meters from its arrival airport. Among the victims of the crash, a very influential Buddhist monk, considered close to the head of the Burmese military junta.
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the famous monk Bathanda Kavisara, about 90 years old, headed one of the largest monasteries of the capital, Naypitaw, to which the Chief's leader had visited the aftermath From the junte General Min Aung Hlaing.
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The monk was therefore considered one of its strongest supports within the Buddhist clergy hierarchy. The incident reminds the links between the military regime and some religious elites.
The Burmese bonzes are indeed divided on the question of the coup: many, and especially young people, parade with the people against the military. Bathanda Kavisara had to bless the foundations of a new monastery in the city of Pyi Oo Lwin, known to house the Academy of Military Elites, including General Min Aung Hlaing graduated.
The accident is for the moment placed on the account of the bad weather and a failing aerial safety in the country, but recently armed groups inflicted heavy losses to the Burmese army, including a military helicopter.
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