Monks clash with police in temple protest

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The Independent Online
SEOUL - South Korean Buddhist monks and believers push against riot police who yesterday again blocked them from entering the headquarters of the Chogye Temple. The protesters are led by reformist monks calling for the resignation of the head priest, Suh Eui-hyon, whom they allege was involved in a multi-million pound business scandal. During the day hundreds of police also stormed the temple and arrested 134 monks, including 83 who had taken over part of the building on Sunday, who were involved in angry dispute. About 1,000 riot police remained on guard in the temple compound, as hundreds of reformists chanted sutras and beat drums and gongs as they began a sit-in.

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