YANGON, Burma (AP) — A court appearance by five Buddhist monks who refused to abandon their monastery in a property dispute has attracted hundreds of their supporters.

The monks, including one who holds British citizenship, were forced to change out of their robes for their appearance Friday in Yangon’s Tamwe township court, where they faced charges of disobeying the State Sangha board, which supervises organized Buddhist monks and their activities.

The committee had issued an eviction notice to the abbot in charge of the temple, saying it had been given ownership of the temple by Burma’s previous military government.

A June 10 raid on the temple by police and Sangha officials outraged the public, because it appeared high-handed and was reminiscent of raids by the previous ruling junta on pro-democracy monks.