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Japanese cult seeks new sanctuary after police raid

A caravan of vehicles belonging to a New Age group that had been parked on a mountain road in western Japan for almost a week left yesterday after it was searched by hundreds of police who warned it was breaking traffic laws, an officer said. The group, Panawave, had been camped on the little-travelled two-lane road in western Gifu prefecture since last Friday, seeking sanctuary from electromagnetic waves that it claims are being generated by left-wing guerrillas in Japan as part of a conspiracy to destroy Panawave’s leadership. It has also draped surrounding trees with white cloths which are meant to neutralise the effects of the waves. Earlier this week, authorities in two nearby towns served eviction notices on the group. Representatives of the 30-person encampment replied that they would be unable to leave until the end of this week because they were carrying a sick person, widely thought to be their guru. Full Story

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