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Burma Protest Goes Massive

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Posted on Sep 24, 2007
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An estimated 100,000 people marched through the streets of Yangon on Monday in an ongoing protest that has rapidly swelled from just dozens of people. Burma’s notoriously inhumane military government has traditionally been quick to stanch dissent but has yet to seriously confront the demonstrators, who were led by roughly 20,000 Buddhist monks.


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As many as 100,000 anti-government protesters led by a phalanx of Buddhist monks marched Monday through Yangon, the largest crowd to demonstrate in Myanmar’s biggest city since a 1988 pro-democracy uprising that was brutally crushed by the military.

From the front of the march, witnesses could see a one-mile stretch of eight-lane road was filled with people.

Some participants said there were several hundred thousand marchers in their ranks, but an international aid agency official with employees monitoring the crowd estimated said the size was well over 50,000 and approaching 100,000.

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By Verne Arnold, September 25, 2007 at 4:57 am Link to this comment

#102406 by thomas billis on 9/24 at 3:06 pm
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Thomas, you’re asleep at the wheel.  Myanmar does indeed have sizable oil and natural gas fields which are presently being developed ny China, Thailand, and the west…including America.

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By Scott, September 24, 2007 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment

I think the inevitable crackdowns with China leading the way, will occur in the weeks and months following the Olympics and they could be amongst the bloodiest the Far-east has seen in a generation.

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By QuyTran, September 24, 2007 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment

They bring Buddha’s picture to protest Myanmar junta as the old South Vietnam monks did over 50 years ago. Where’s the CIA plan to support these monks to overthrow the military government but it must be careful because after the coup the deluge will come out and this tiny nation will fall to communists.

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By thomas billis, September 24, 2007 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment
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Well here we actually have the peole trying to throw the yoke of a military junta off and our President the champion of democracy and liberty is so quiet you could hear the crickets chirp.Will somebody wake up the press corp in Washington and actually ask some questions on this topic.Maybe they could pull somebody off Britney watch and send them to Cambodia for some first hand reporting.We know Katie Couric’s passport is in order how about some reporting from a country where the people actually want democracy and could use some support from us.Alas they have no oil and we are not that interested.

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By harsaru, September 24, 2007 at 9:20 am Link to this comment
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May God ( if she exists) march with the monks and the gentle people of Burma.

The Burmese have thus far been ignored by the rest of the world and are a gentle,very poor people much terrorised by their own government.

The courage it must take to march- unarmed -in protest…

I wish the american people would show the same courage and march against this illegal war in Iraq and the next one already brewing - the one against IRAN

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By LibertyWatch, September 24, 2007 at 7:39 am Link to this comment

May the Buddha watch over these children of his because the military rule they are opposing is brutal, extremely dangerous and deadly!

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By Jeanine Molloff, September 24, 2007 at 7:00 am Link to this comment
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WE need to do the same against this administration and this Congress here in the U.S.  Furthermore, we need the nation’s Priests, Rabbis, Imams, Ministers, etc. to assist and show the same level of courage as these monks.  These monks have my total respect and admiration as they take a stand against tyranny.  We should take a page from their playbook.  God bless them.

Jeanine Molloff

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By xyzaffair, September 24, 2007 at 6:18 am Link to this comment
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Why doesn’t Bush send troops into Myanmar to bring democracy as he did in Iraq?  Maybe it’s because the government there is cooperating with the oil companies, particularly Unocal, and suppresses any protest to the enviornmental effects of oil drilling.

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By Verne Arnold, September 24, 2007 at 4:57 am Link to this comment

Addendum;

It is significant the Monks are leading this.  In Asia (Thailand particularly) the order of respect is; Monks, the King, and Teachers.  Thailand’s King only wai’s Monks first.  Everybody follows from there.  Myanmar is not greatly different.

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By Verne Arnold, September 24, 2007 at 4:14 am Link to this comment

The word from here is, between 10 and 30,000 monks marched with about 70,000 civilians.  China is worried about its image because it supports the Myanmar government and China wants the oil and gas reserves in Myanmar, which may be fairly large.  China and Thailand have both been developing these fields.  Thus the soft diplomacy.  The word is; China is telling Myanmar to tread softly(spell that Olympics).
One can only hope they listen…things are ripe for a blood bath.

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