Dutch tourist jailed for pulling plug on Myanmar’s Buddhist sermon

Published on : Friday, October 7, 2016

dutch-touristA Dutch tourist was sentenced to be jailed for three months by a court in Myanmar for unplugging an amplifier, which was broadcasting a Buddhist sermon late at night in Mandalay.



The Dutch tourist Klaas Haytema was taken into custody in September after religious crowd started to protest outside his hotel as he turned off a loud speaker during a religious ceremony near his hotel.



The 30-year-old Dutch tourist later apologized for his act after the monk, who has been reciting the sermon pressed charge against him.



The tourist Haytema also informed that he did not know that a religious ceremony was being broadcasted.



Haytema was fined 100,000 kyats, which is almost £62, for disrespecting the culture of the country. The man could also get jailed for up to two years in prison as per the visa regulations of the country. But the judge decided to show him mercy and he was sentenced to be jailed for three months instead.



Community leader Chit San, who was involved in the case of Haytema, informed that they could not negotiate peacefully because people were angry.  He also added that they did not actually want Haytema to get arrested.



It is very common for Buddhist monks to broadcast sermons at a high volume during night. The country takes their religious ceremonies very seriously and several others have been sentenced for disrespecting the religion previously.

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