Temple bans Kamronwit - dead or alive

A senior monk at Wat Benchamabophit, which was surrounded by barricades set up by police for about two months, has condemned city police chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang as inhumane and banned him from the temple, whether dead or alive.

Phra Maha Apichart Punnachantho, the chief buddhism academic at the temple, made the announcement on his Facebook page.

In a message directed at Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit, he said the Metropolitan Police Bureau chief's order to place concrete and barbed wire barriers close to the temple’s entrance, as part of measures to protect Government House, had caused difficulties for monks and novices living there.

Monks could not go out to get food offerings, and people also could not enter the temple. As a consequence the monks and novices had to depend on dried food, such as instant noodles, and whatever other supplies they could find.

The temple, also known as the Marble Temple, had asked Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit to open the entrance to the temple but he had ignored all requests, and instead put up more barriers.

“Your action is inhumane. It’s more than what ordinary people would do and it has caused more pain to people in the temple. Your subordinates who stayed in the temple also created problems, with their garbage, drinking alcohol, smoking and also threatening monks and novices in the temple,” he said.

“Since you are the one who ordered the closure of the temple, detaining monks and novices inside the temple for two months, you cannot step into Wat Benchamabophit again, whether you are dead or alive, because what you have done to the temple was the most terrible thing in the temple’s history,” the monk wrote.

Police finally removed the barriers on Monday, Dec 9.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 12/12/2013 at 04:51 PM
I think that the Wat belongs to the community/people and the monks should not hare the authority or power to ban a worshipper.
Discussion 2 : 12/12/2013 at 01:36 PM
And I thought monks were supposed to be compassionate and understanding. I doubt that this posturing falls under The Lord Buddha's best practices.
Discussion 3 : 12/12/2013 at 01:32 PM
isn't Buddhism all about tolerance, understanding, forgiveness, peace etc etc?...and now you have a so called 'revered monk' coming out and placing life AND death time bans on people at 'his' temple....it's a very sad state of affairs
Discussion 4 : 12/12/2013 at 01:23 PM
Guess the Monk don't really care whether if the Police is just doing their job to protect the public's interest. Nevertheless, having dried foods and instant noodles are still a lot better than those homeless people whom have no shelter to sleep under and have to search for foods in the garbage bins, and they didn't complaint that the Protest is making their search for foods more difficult.

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