Sunday, September 23, 2007

Buddhist Monks March to Protest Myanmar/Burma's Authoritarian Military Government

Buddhist monks in Myanmar have staged a series of protests against the country's military government. The protests were sparked by a sudden hike in the price of fuel on August 19. but after scores of pro-democracy activists were arrested, monks have taken up the civil-disobedience campaign.
The monks' protests have not chanted anti-government slogans or carried anti-government banners, but the symbolism of their marches has gained widespread support. Monks are universally revered by Myanmar's majority Buddhist population, and their involvement in anti-government protests poses a major challenge to the military rulers.
Witnesses say crowds of onlookers have formed human chains to prevent authorities from disrupting the monks' marches. Many monks have said they will refuse to accept alms from members of the military of their families – a move considered a major snub in [Burmese] Buddhist culture.

CAPTION TEXT, EDITED SLIGHTLY, TAKEN FROM AL-JAZEERA ENGLISH INTERACTIVE

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