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Burma: Saffron Revolution Day

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It has now been a year since Burma's military junta brutally put down the so-called Saffron Revolution led by thousands of Buddhist monks, demanding democratic and economic reform. According to the United Nations, 30 monks and other protesters died..

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Ben O (154)
Saturday September 27, 2008, 9:22 am
On 17 September 2008, the International Burmese Monks Organization held a silent protest prayer in front of the Burmese embassy in New York, to commemorate the first anniversary of 'the Saffron Revolution.' Almost everyone who walked by gave the Burmese monks thumbs-up, and some expressed obeisance.
Defying orders of the military junta, 60 Burmese monks also gathered in Sittwe on September 18, in memory of last year's protest inside Burma. And it seems that even after one year, the monks in Burma—the most tyrannical and totalitarian of the states studied-- as per Martin J. Dent (2004), are still a force to be reckoned with. Though subtle, their influence through prayers of loving kindness has already been felt across the globe...

...And thus the longest and most stubborn struggle for ethnic rights for self-determination was born at the same time world's most enduring totalitarianism began to take root in Burma. No one should underestimate the root cause that continues to fuel the iron grip of Burmese military junta. From its inception, not only the extreme nationalism binds the Burmese military together, more importantly it is the lavish lifestyle of its elites, at the expense of entire Burma's economy, that keeps them toeing the line.
Even today, the Burmese military regularly accuses its opponents of being western collaborators. But, on the contrary, historical evidence indicates that it is the army, which profits from outside engagement and aid, beginning with arms shipment to Burma from Britain and India at the time of independence...

...These are difficult days for all Burmese democracy advocates inside Burma. Prominent political leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi continue to suffer neglect and abuse behind locked doors. Brave student leaders are in prison and subject to maltreatment of various kinds. The former United Nations special rapporteur Pinheiro recently commented that it is very important to stop pursuing the junta's "road map to a consolidation of the military regime" in place of democracy in Burma. At present, Burmese opposition groups in exile, including the NCUB, Members of Parliamentary Union (MPU), and International Burmese Monks Organization or Sasana Moli have submitted a petition challenging the credentials of the Burmese junta at the United Nations which will be discussed by the UN Credentials Committee.


Gavin Hudson (16)
Saturday September 27, 2008, 10:11 am
Great read!

Joycey B (750)
Saturday September 27, 2008, 10:45 am
The Burmese government needs to start treating their people with respect. This has gone on long enough. Thanks Ben.

Bonnie H (77)
Saturday September 27, 2008, 1:05 pm
Thank you so much for caring so much
and sharing this indepth information
and bringing this to our attention.
Take care,

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 27, 2008, 2:28 pm
Ben, thanks so much for this. And seeing this is such great info and good information, this should be on the front page.... going to go forward....

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 28, 2008, 10:56 am
TY BEN,I've share it too on httpp:// to inform more and more people.That's a Good post
take care
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