Saturday, 29 September 2007

News From Burma

Military Crackdown: Hundreds of Monks arrested and at least 9 dead.

Security forces and armed military troops have launched a violent crackdown on demonstrators. State media reported that nine protesters were killed. Protesters were outraged at security forces following an overnight raid on at least three Buddhist monasteries. Soldiers reportedly beat up and arrested about 700 monks, who had spearheaded the largest challenge to the junta since a failed democracy uprising 19 years ago. One monk reportedly died.

They have tried to supress news coming out, which is in itself a very bad sign. Amazing to see Buddist Monks so involved in direct action, there image is one of peace. Ive walked with some Buddist peace marchers and they were polite, determined and great to be around. I think the world will see them in a different light now.
This could be sign of things to come, a wind of change in Asia.

"I extend my support and solidarity with the recent peaceful movement for democracy in Burma. I fully support their call for freedom and democracy and take this opportunity to appeal to freedom-loving people all over the world to support such non-violent movements. Moreover, I wish to convey my sincere appreciation and admiration to the large number of fellow Buddhists monks for advocating democracy and freedom in Burma. As a Buddhist monk, I am appealing to the members of the military regime who believe in Buddhism to act in accordance with the sacred dharma in the spirit of compassion and non-violence. I pray for the success of this peaceful movement and the early release of fellow Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi."
Dalai Lama - Message to Burma

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