Saturday, November 10, 2007

Pilgrims to Show ID Cards At Entrance of Shwe Dagon

Source: Democratic Voice of Burma

The Management Committee of Shwe Dagon Pagoda put up notices on Friday that all pilgrims must bring their identification cards in order to be allowed entry.

Security was also especially tight at the Eastern gate, and thorough checks are being conducted on monks, said an eye witness.

"There is a large notice at the entrance. I have yet to see any civilians being checked, but all monks have to go through security. If a monk does not have his identification card, he is not allowed to go up. Security is very tight, especially on Tuesdays."

The source added that it was disturbing to see security forces on the grounds of the pagoda.

For the original articles in Burmese, please click here.

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