Burma's Monks March On– Meet With Aung San Suu Kyi -Update: With Photo
Meanwhile, over in the junta…
Aung San Suu Kyi (in the center of the yellow gate) greets the Buddhist monks in tears in front of her home on September 22, 2007. (Photo at Democratic Voice of Burma)
** Democracy Leader Aung San Suu Kyi walked out of her home with two other women and cried as she waved to the monks. **
Buddhist Monks Continue Their March On Rangoon!!
The 1,000 strong Buddhist monks who marched on the junta under heavy rain without umbrellas were joined by thousands of civilians on Friday! (DVB)
** Democratic Voices of Burma have managed to gather several shots of the protesting monks!
“Stepping out of her home in tears, Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi greeted Buddhist monks Saturday.” –AFP.
The BBC has rare footage of the marching monks.
Monks march during a protest against the government in Yangon September 21, 2007. About 600 Buddhist monks marched through Yangon on Friday, the fourth straight day of anti-government protests in the largest city of army-ruled Myanmar. The maroon-robed monks chanted prayers as they walked from the Shwedagon Pagoda, the holiest shrine in the country formerly known as Burma, to Yangon city hall where ordinary people linked hands to form a protective ring around them. (REUTERS/Democratic Voice of Burma)
Burma’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with the Buddhist monks who have been staging daily protests against the brutal military junta in control of the country.
The BBC reported:
Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has greeted Buddhist monks protesting against the military junta.
Apparently unable to hold her tears, Aung San Suu Kyi came out of the house she has been detained in since 2003 as the monks were let through a roadblock.
At least 2,000 monks are staging a sixth day of protests through the streets of the main city of Rangoon.
Up to 10,000 marched through Mandalay with protests also taking place in five townships across Burma.
Ms Suu Kyi has spent 11 of the last 18 years in detention.
Buddhist monks march whilst chanting prayers and holy scriptures in Yangon September 18, 2007. Buddhist monks staged protest marches in at least two cities, including Yangon and Sittwe, in Myanmar on Tuesday, the day a reported religious boycott of members of the ruling military junta and their associates was due to start. (Democratic Voice of Burma/Reuters)
If you remember that the bemedalled thugs who rule Burma shot down 3,000 people in the streets of Rangoon in 1988, then you understand how much courage it must require to go back into those same streets to protest what may be East Asia’s second most brutal regime…
The media haven’t been paying nearly enough to this story. It started in mid-August, when the government announced drastic fuel prices increases — the price of gasoline rose 80% and the price of diesel doubled. The protests started on August 19th, when 500 protestors marched in the streets of Rangoon. By August 22, the protests had taken on an overtly political character, when pro-democracy activists joined the protests. The government responded by sending its thugs into the streets to beat them; dozens have been arrested, perhaps even hundreds. On Wednesday, the government upped the ante with tear gas and warning shots.
The democracy activists in Aung San Suu Kyi T-shirts are joining the protest:
Members of Myanmar’s pro-democracy party the National League for Democracy offer alms to Buddhist monks at the party’s headquarters in Yangon, in May 2007. At least 3,000 people led by Buddhist monks marched along flooded streets in Yangon on Friday, piling pressure on Myanmar’s ruling junta in the most sustained challenge to its rule in nearly 20 years.(AFP/Khin Maung Win)
Monks take part in a protest against the government beside onlookers in Yangon September 22, 2007. Buddhist monks were allowed to march past police barricades to the home of detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday as street protests intensified against the ruling military junta. (REUTERS/Democratic Voice of Burma)