Sep 24, 2007

Largest Burma Rally with 20,000 People

Yesterday, Burma has seen the laregest rally in 20 years, when 20,000 people came out to protest military regime. Buddhist nuns also joined the peaceful protest against the ruling military junta. They prayed with 10,000 Buddhist monks in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar (Burma). A human chain of 10,000 people supported them, making it the biggest rally since the 1988 democratic uprising, which was brutally repressed.

It was a peaceful protest and police also stayed away from these monks. There was no sign of trouble. On Saturday, monks were allowed to pass the house of detained democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi, who emerged to show her support. It was the first time the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate has been seen in public since her house arrest in 2003.

The Burma is under military rule since 1962. Since the recent raise in fule prices, people are showing strong protest against the military junta. But, anything can happen there under the military rule.

Meanwhile, US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice denounced the 'brutal' regime and said: 'The Burmese people deserve better. They deserve to be able to live in freedom.' Link


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