Armed forces Storm Catholic Cathedral in Myanmar, arresting Archbishop

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    The troops took over the cathedral as in other buildings within the property at about 2:30 pm on Friday, just prior to a timed Lenten prayers, Catholic News Agency (CNA) said.

    The archdiocese's vicar general Monsignor Dominic Jyo Du, heard of the riot and confronted the soldiers and was later detained in the cathedral along and the archbishop.

    The motivation behind the attack isn't completely certain, but it could be linked to the dominance in ethnic Tamil Indians — distrusted by the military and militant Buddhists -located in the area of Sacred Heart Cathedral, CNA reported.

    Archbishop Marco Tin Win has also been among the most active Catholic officials in defending the violence that occurred following the military coup d'etat on February 1, 2021.

    One witness reported that soldiers interrogated the faithful and demanded to know where the gold, cash, and weapons were kept. The witness said that there was no such thing because the money was collected was intended for aid of families in need.

    The faithful were allowed to leave for a period of time after they were detained, but the majority soldiers slept inside the cathedral for the night, and were still there the cathedral on Saturday morning.

    The state-controlled media of Myanmar haven't reported on the cathedral's occupation, CNA reported.

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