The Washington Post: “Thai crackdown targets Buddhist monks amid accusations of embezzlement and fraud”

Lurid tales of monks involved in sex, drugs and stolen money have crowded the newspapers here for years, to the seeming indifference of governments. But Thailand’s ruling junta has stepped up its offensive to destroy what it sees as a rot that has long been allowed to fester in the upper echelons of Buddhism and corrode the country’s moral core.

The Washington Post Thai crackdown targets Buddhist monks amid accusations of embezzlement and fraud https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/thai-crackdown-targets-buddhist-monks-amid-accusations-of-embezzlement-and-fraud/2018/06/24/67847242-7000-11e8-bd50-b80389a4e569_story.html?utm_term=.133c1cd589ab
Officers escort Phra Buddha Issara, 62, an activist monk, at the Thai Police Crime Suppression Division headquarters in Bangkok on May 24 (Reuters)