U Wirathu supporters hold rally

31 May 2019
U Wirathu supporters hold rally
Supporters of Nationalist Buddhist monk Wirathu, gather near the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon on 30 May 2019. Photo: Thura/Mizzima

Hundreds of monks and their supporters marched in Yangon on Thursday to protest against the issuing of an arrest warrant for U Wirathu.

The sedition charge against the high-profile monk came after insulting comments he made at a nationalist rally on May 5 about State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi.

The monk, based at a monastery in Mandalay, could be jailed for three years if found guilty.

Thursday's rally saw his supporters gather and pray at Shwedagon Pagoda.