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Monks Venture Out in Burma

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Posted on Oct 31, 2007
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Despite a military crackdown that led to the death and capture of countless civilians, Buddhist monks are once again protesting in Burma, though in much smaller numbers than before. Still, human rights and democracy advocates consider it a promising development.


BBC:

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.

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By thomas billis, November 1, 2007 at 12:02 am Link to this comment
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Those poor people in Burma they are going to get what I like to call the “fabulous “tretment.Awards,speeches and no help.You are going to hear over and over agin how fabulous the Burmese people are.The oil and gas are spoken for in Burma.India and China like the status quo and the Generals are not going to get a sudden pang of conscience and step down.Do not worry Burmese people the rest of the world is behind you, way behind you.Fabulous.

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By Douglas Chalmers, October 31, 2007 at 7:08 am Link to this comment

Visit sunny Burma - bloodshed one day, peace the next - maybe, uhh!

Did you know that right after the recent brutal military oppression in Burma/Myanmar where Chevron is a major producer,  Australia’s prime minister Howard has approved Chevron’s new US$9.9billion “Gorgon” gas field development in Western Australia…... http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/10/10/business/chevron.php and Chevron at http://www.gorgon.com.au/ ....how fortunate for Chevron! Now the monks can pray in peace - but for how long?!?!

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