The Monks Continue to Resist

As expected, no matter the intensity or brevity of calls for these generals to chill out, raids were launched in the early dawn raids at those monasteries classified as “rebellious.”monk-demonstration-sept-26-yangon.jpg

The raids suggested the generals, who have lived with Western sanctions for years and routinely ignore all calls for change, were not listening to the diplomatic clamor a day after five monks were reported killed in mass protests.

Thailand has listed a traveler’s advisory for its citizens as has the U.S.; the European Union has urged restraint, as have many other governments around the world, the U.N. is sending an envoy to Maynmar; and Dana Rohrabacher is shooting off his mouth – again.

Witnesses said some protesters pelted police with bottles and rocks while onlookers helped monks escape arrest by bundling them into taxis and other vehicles.

From the Hindu:

An Asian diplomat told The Associated Press on Thursday that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi remains in her Yangon home, contrary to rumors that she had been imprisoned.

The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, said the opposition leader was not taken to Yangon’s notorious Insein prison, but remains in the house where she has been detained for nearly 12 years.

In the Philippines, the Inquirer has more to the above bit on Suu Kyi.

Al-Jazeera has a great write-up on The Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) currently based in Oslo, Norway and operated by exiles who are journalists.

The monastery raids were likely to inflame the former Burma’s 56 million people, already fed up with 45 years of unbroken military rule and economic hardship.

“Doors of the monasteries were broken, things were ransacked and taken away,” a witness said. “It’s like a living hell seeing the monasteries raided and the monks treated cruelly.”

People living near Yangon monasteries, the revered moral centre of the Buddhist nation, reported that at least 500 monks were taken away in army trucks.

Here’s an offering from The People’s News:

Some Sources to Use

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