Friday, September 28, 2007
Buddhist monks lead popular uprising in Burma.
I've had very little time to follow this story beyond the daily reports in the Boston Globe, so I hope those of you who are following it more closely will add links to informed commentary. Thousands of Buddhist monks and nuns in Burma have been leading several days of peaceful mass demonstrations against the repressive military junta that governs the country. (The government calls the nation Myanmar, not Burma, which generates some confusion as some media use the official name while others use the traditional name.) The military is now trying to repress the public demonstrations with violence, with reports yesterday saying that nine people have been killed and several hundred monks jailed. Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's leading human rights activist, has also been jailed.
("Junta's crackdown in Burma intensifies: Security forces kill nine, raid monasteries," Edward Cody [Washington Post], Boston Globe 9.28.07; "For military junta, a history of shrugging off sanctions and criticism," Grant Peck [AP], Boston Globe 9.28.07; earlier: "Monks lead massive protest in Burma: Antigovernment demonstrators shout for Suu Kyi," AP, Boston Globe 9.24.07)
Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 28 September 2007 at 7:44 AM