Islamic office chides protesters

The Office of the Chularatchamontri has chided a group of anti-government protesters for inappropriate behaviour inside a mosque in Palian district of Trang province.

"A mosque is a place of worship for Muslims and is very sacred to them. It is a pillar of peace for the community and should be above all political conflict," the office of the country’s Muslim spiritual leader said in a statement on Friday.

About 300 demonstrators from the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) in the southern province threatened the Islamic Ismailiyah Foundation School to close on Monday in an attempt to get people to join their protest, it said.

The protesters showed up while Muslims were attending classes and some were praying at the adjacent Sujud Islam mosque.

Some of the demonstrators were drunk and some even fired shots into the air, it said, adding: "It is not appropriate for any group to threaten or close off a mosque. Doing so is an act of violating basic religious rights."

The office also implored Muslims to be patient about the incident and urged them to use discretion when considering news and opinions on the subject in order to avoid violent conflicts.

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Discussion 1 : 25/01/2014 at 06:23 AM
Respecting others- it's a basic requirement of democracy and a basic requirement of civilization. It includes respecting other opinions, even when you disagree. And it includes respecting people's votes, even when they don't vote how you want them to vote.
Discussion 2 : 25/01/2014 at 04:24 AM
Yes, I agree a place of worship is just that and should be a place of prayer but where are their voices about the violence their own kind are causing not only in south Thailand but around the world? Just wondering why one Billion Muslims don't step up and put a stop to their own killing of others. Then a few would rather complain about a few demonstrators trying to get then to help make a change in their own country. Those changes will also include the Muslims that are praying in the Mosque. Talk about being "not being my problem" attitude.
Discussion 3 : 25/01/2014 at 01:19 AM
Bit late for grovelling. Should not have happened in the first place.
Discussion 4 : 24/01/2014 at 11:01 PM
Mr Suthep had bowed his head and apologized profusely about the incident late last night.
Discussion 5 : 24/01/2014 at 09:03 PM
The anti-government protestors should respect others' religion and others' votes.
Discussion 6 : 24/01/2014 at 08:30 PM
I fully agree that a place of worship should be just that and all people should respect that right undisturbed whether it is a mosque, a temple or a christian church and in what ever country they may be located provided it is not used for political or promoting ideological violent thinking and behaviour.

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