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  • They’re back!

    by Sunny
    1st November, 2007 at 12:34 am    

    The Burmese monks, on the streets that is.

    More than 100 monks have marched in central Burma, the first time they have returned to the streets since last month’s bloody crackdown on protests. The monks chanted and prayed as they marched through Pakokku, the site of an incident last month that triggered pro-democracy protests nationwide.

    The government said 10 people died during the crackdown, but diplomats believe the toll was much higher. Thousands more - many of them monks - were thought to have been detained. Separately, the Human Rights Watch organisation has accused the Burmese army of forcibly recruiting children to cover gaps left by a lack of adult recruits.

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    1. Kismet Hardy — on 1st November, 2007 at 9:44 am  

      The one-woman show “The Lady of Burma” at the Riverside Studios looks like it’s going to be worth seeing

    2. Nyrone — on 1st November, 2007 at 5:38 pm  

      Right back, with the same demands.
      These monks are the future of Burma.

      What on earth is Ibrahim Gambari doing? and come to think of it, who on earth is he? Why can’t Ban Ki Moon go down to Burma instead of sending an envoy?

      All I hear about is how he is travelling to the country as soon as possible…so what? His last visit didn’t exactly yield many results…what does he actually talk about down there?

    3. Nyrone — on 2nd November, 2007 at 12:25 am  


    4. Letters From A Tory — on 2nd November, 2007 at 8:48 am  

      I respect what the monks are doing, but I fear for their safety (again).


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