Monks Defy Junta and March Again in Burma

Buddhist Monks in Burma marched for nearly an hour today for the first time since the violent crackdown by the junta last month.

The last time the students and monks marched in Burma-
The military opened fire on the crowds:

The horrible episode of the student being shot in the chest was caught on tape and posted on the internet.

Today the Democratic Voice of Burma reported that the monks in Burma took to the streets again to protest against the brutal junta in Pakokku:

Oct 31, 2007 (DVB)–Around 200 monks from several monasteries in Pakokku staged a walking protest at 8.30 this morning, according to a monk who participated in the march.

The monk said that the protest was a continuation of last month’s demonstrations as he said the monks’ demands have still not been met.

“Our demands are for lower commodity prices, national reconciliation and the immediate release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners,” the monk explained.

The monks came from monasteries around Pakokku, including the West and Central monasteries, and chanted metta as they marched three in a row, with monks in the first row holding Sasana flags.

They started walking along Bogyoke road towards Thida road, then turned into Pauk road before ending the march at Shwe Ku pagoda.

The monk said the group was not afraid of the response of the authorities.

“We are not afraid of getting arrested or being tortured. We are doing this for Sasana,” he said.

The protest began about one hour after a pro-government rally in the same town ended, and authorities did not intervene to stop the monks’ march.


This young student was shot at a democracy rally in Burma in September when junta soldiers fired on the protesters. (Democratic Voice of Burma)
The video of this student running from the junta soldiers and getting shot is posted above.

Today the Buddhist Monks marched again in Burma.

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