20,000 Protest Military Junta in Burma!

Meanwhile, over in the junta…
The largest protest in nearly 20 years was held today against the junta in contol of Burma!
Over 20,000 marched in the rain today against the military rule.
The BBC has video (HERE) from the extraordinary protests.

Buddhist nuns march at Shwedagon Pagoda during a protest against the military government in Yangon, Myanmar, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007. About 20,000 Buddhist monks and citizens demonstrated against Myanmar’s military junta in the country’s largest city Sunday, with many shouting support for detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, witnesses said. (AP Photo)

20,000 protested against the brutal military junta today in Rangoon, Burma.
The AP reported:

YANGON, Myanmar – Riot police and barbed wire barricades blocked hundreds of monks and anti-government demonstrators from approaching the home of the detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday, in a new show of force against a rising protest movement.

Led by Buddhist monks and joined by nuns, some 20,000 people protested against the junta on Sunday and shouted their support for Suu Kyi, who made her first public appearance in four years on Saturday when a crowd of monks and sympathizers was permitted to pass her house.

On Sunday, a small crowd of about 400 — about half of them monks — split off from the main demonstration and tried to approach Suu Kyi’s home again but abandoned the attempt after their path was blocked by riot police and barbed wire barricades.

The monks carried carried a large yellow banner that read: “Love and kindness must win over everything.”

The demonstration was the largest since 1988, the year Suu Kyi, the daughter of independence hero Gen. Aung San, took up leadership of a pro-democracy movement. Then, the military fired on peaceful crowds, killing thousands and terrorizing the country.

The people of Rangoon held hands to form a barrier between them and the junta police.

Buddhist monks, accompanied by civilians, march on a street in a protest against the military government in Yangon, Myanmar, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007. About 20,000 Buddhist monks and citizens demonstrated against Myanmar’s military junta in the country’s largest city Sunday, with many shouting support for detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, witnesses said. (AP Photo/The Mandalay Gazette)

Yesterday, the Buddhist monks marched all the way to the home of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It was the first time in four years that she had been seen:

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)


Buddhist monks march at Shwedagon Pagoda during a protest against the military government in Yangon, Myanmar, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007. About 20,000 Buddhist monks and citizens demonstrated against Myanmar’s military junta in the country’s largest city Sunday, with many shouting support for detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, witnesses said. (AP Photo)

Previously:
In Rare Protest- Myanmar Democracy Activists Get Beatdown
1,000 Burmese Monks Protest Junta Abuse– Get Beatdown!
Burma’s Monks March On– Meet With Aung San Suu Kyi -Update: With Photo

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