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Thai junta in showdown at Buddhist temple gates

Religious backlash looms as devotees defy police attempts to arrest charismatic abbot

Phra Pasura Dantamano of Wat Phra Dhammakaya points to a police notice attached near a gate of the temple. (Photo by Marwaan Macan-Markar)

PATHUM THANI, Thailand -- An air of siege hangs around the perimeter of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Thailand's largest and wealthiest Buddhist temple, in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok.

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