Friday, May 6, 2011

Kachin Christians against Burmese junta, crosses to stay (for now)

The authorities put off removing religious symbols that have stood for a hundred years on a site slated to give way to the Irrawaddy dam. Two crosses were erected by Catholic and Baptist worshippers. Some Christian leaders are criticised for caring more for the government’s interests than those of their community.

Yangon (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Kachin Christians won the first round in a fight with the Burmese government. The authorities have in fact temporarily stopped pressing Christian churches to remove crosses on the site of the future Irrawaddy dam. Local Catholics and Protestants can thus celebrate despite grumbling by some Christian leaders who are more interested in promoting the government’s agenda than protecting the rights of the faithful.