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New Zealand bar manager arrested in Myanmar for advertisement showing Buddha in headphones

  • In this Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 photo, New Zealand citizen Philip Blackwood, center, is escorted by Myanmar police officers following a court appearance in Yangon, Myanmar. Blackwood, the manager of V Gastro Bar in Yangon has been arrested for allegedly insulting Buddhism after posting an online advertisement showing a psychedelic image of Buddha wearing headphones, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    In this Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 photo, New Zealand citizen Philip Blackwood, center, is escorted by Myanmar police officers following a court appearance in Yangon, Myanmar. Blackwood, the manager of V Gastro Bar in Yangon has been arrested for allegedly insulting Buddhism after posting an online advertisement showing a psychedelic image of Buddha wearing headphones, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Dec.11, 2014 photo, Htut Ko Ko Lwin, center, an employer of V Gastro Bar, is escorted by Myanmar police officers following a court appearance in Yangon, Myanmar. The employee, a New Zealand bar manager and the bar's owner have been arrested for allegedly insulting Buddhism after posting an online advertisement showing a psychedelic image of Buddha wearing headphones. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    In this Dec.11, 2014 photo, Htut Ko Ko Lwin, center, an employer of V Gastro Bar, is escorted by Myanmar police officers following a court appearance in Yangon, Myanmar. The employee, a New Zealand bar manager and the bar's owner have been arrested for allegedly insulting Buddhism after posting an online advertisement showing a psychedelic image of Buddha wearing headphones. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Dec.11, 2014 photo, People, including Buddhist monks gather around a police vehicle to see a New Zealand bar manager and two-employers following a court appearance in Yangon, Myanmar. A New Zealand national, the manager of V Gastro bar in Yangon and two-employers of the bar have been arrested for allegedly insulting Buddhism after posting an online advertisement showing a psychedelic image of Buddha wearing headphones. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    In this Dec.11, 2014 photo, People, including Buddhist monks gather around a police vehicle to see a New Zealand bar manager and two-employers following a court appearance in Yangon, Myanmar. A New Zealand national, the manager of V Gastro bar in Yangon and two-employers of the bar have been arrested for allegedly insulting Buddhism after posting an online advertisement showing a psychedelic image of Buddha wearing headphones. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

A New Zealand bar manager in Myanmar has been arrested for allegedly insulting Buddhism after posting an online advertisement showing a psychedelic image of Buddha wearing headphones.

Police say the V Gastro Bar in Myanmar's capital was shut on Wednesday after a complaint was filed against the advertisement, which was posted on the bar's Facebook page.

Bar manager Philip Blackwood and two Myanmar employees were arrested and are scheduled to appear in court next week to face charges of insulting religion, which carry a penalty of up to two years in prison.

The image has been removed from the Facebook page and replaced by an apology.

The arrests come during a surge of religious nationalism in Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist country.