Today Ashin Sopaka was able leave his village and go to Monywa city for the first time in three months.
Even though he was allowed to make the trip to Monywa and able to use the Internet, he was accompanied by two plainclothes police officers who followed him from Mandalay and are still staying in his hometown Thaphyay Aye, Sagaing Division. He is still under 24-hour surveillance by military intelligence.
He said he is doing well. He teaches English and has now developed a plan to build a library in his home town. We hope to be able to show some photos of the village soon.
For this library, Ashin Sopaka needs financial support. Every donation will be very helpful. If you would like to support the library project in Thaphyay Aye Village, please use the keyword “Ashin Sopaka”.
Ashin Sopaka and the four monks Ashin Candima, Ashin Magha, Ashin Bhindola and Ashin Jotipala were ordered by the Maha Nayaka (Sangha Council) to return to their home villages following a peaceful protest in October 2011 in Mandalay calling for the release of political prisoners, an end to the civil wars in Burma, and freedom of speech.
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