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The photo apparently went viral in the southeast Asian country, which experiences Buddhist Muslim conflict and has many who consider lower body parts unclean.
Jason Polley, who teaches English at Hong Kong Baptist University, said the problem started a day after he arrived in the country last Tuesday, when a local person took a picture of his Buddha tattoos and posted it to Facebook.
But an hour later, Polley said, he and his Hong Kong girlfriend, Margaret Lam, were given two hours to gather their belongings. The officials then put them on a 15 hour car ride to the airport, Polley said.
He said most Myanmarese practise a different branch of the religion, and officials told him they were there for his protection as radicals might hurt him over the tattoos.
Polley planned to finish the rest of his 23 day vacation in Thailand and Laos, though he did not rule out returning to Myanmar in future.
They told them not to leave the hotel until Sunday morning, when they said they expected to hear back from the country's tourism minister.
Polley, of Russell, Ont., is a Mahayana Buddhist and his tattoos, which chart the religion's development, are on his leg to represent a pillar of support.
"The officials, who included the district chief of tourism in Myanmar, were so kind as to invite us back once cooler heads prevail and the situation improves," he said.
Canadian professor made to leave Myanmar over Buddha tattoos on right leg
"He was the only official who really made things extremely uncomfortable for both of us," Polley said, adding the others Air Max 95 Ue
In addition to demanding the couple's passports, Polley said, six officials repeatedly photographed him and his leg, and one tried to grab him when he stood up.
"They said: 'Why would Air Max 95 Mint you put these tattoos on your leg? You understand that you're a Facebook star in Myanmar?"' he said by phone.
In an interview from Bangkok, Polley said about 15 tourism officials came to his hotel in Inle Lake, north of the capital Yangon, on Saturday night and "accosted" him in the lobby.
Polley said there is no Canadian embassy in Myanmar, and his guidebook told him to contact the Australian embassy, which was closed Saturday night. He and Lam Air Max 95 Black And Blue
to realize he wasn't an Islamic "fundamentalist."
Foreign Affairs spokesman John Babcock said in a statement countries have the "prerogative" in determining whom to keep in their borders and consular officials cannot intervene if Canadians do not meet "entry requirements."
While officials initially told him he was to be deported, Polley said, other officials said he was being asked to leave the country for his own safety.
Polley said the officials' tone became kinder after questioning him when they seemed Air Max Day Nike
were able to ask friends in Hong Kong to contact Canadian and Chinese officials on Sunday morning.
"I would have gladly fought him right there. In retrospect, I would still want to fight him, even though it would be a bad idea."
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