Painted pine furniture shop in Myanmar closes after owner dies
Painted Pine furniture shops in Myanmar are closing as the owners of a shop where they have been selling decorative wood products died, local media reported.
The owners of Painted Pines in Yangon, where the business opened in 2004, have sold off some of their furniture and their shop has been closed since July, according to the Chitang Daily.
The news comes as the government in Myanmar, the world’s largest Buddhist nation, is facing an intensifying wave of protests and human rights violations by Buddhist monks and monks-only groups that have led to deadly violence.
The country’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy, has been under pressure to rein in the increasingly radical Buddhist monks, who have taken to attacking monks and their families.
The ruling party has also been accused of misusing the country’s vast resources and resources to buy lavish homes for monks, many of whom are from minority communities.
The Buddhist monks have been banned from running their business but some have opened small shops selling woodworking tools and other products, the Associated Press reported.