Our solidarity to the momentous freedom movement in Myanmar
While Nepal is going through disappointing uncertainties in the past couple of days, something extraordinary is happening in Burma that’s reminding me of our own April revolution of 2006. I feel like I want to be there hitting the streets of Sittwe, Pakokku, Rangoon and, of course, Mandalay along with those brave monks I am seeing on TV. With the posters of Lord Buddha in their hands and voice of freedom in their mouths, highly revered Bhuddhist monks are on the forefront of an unprecedented revolution that is silently taking place in the country that is suffering from one of the most repressive regimes of the world.
The fact that some of the biggest demonstrations in the past two decades are taking place in Rangoon suggests Burmese people have finally decided to fight against the bloody and disgusting tyranny of the Army generals. And the best thing about these protests, in my personal observation, is that the participating of monks is not for a religious movement, it’s not about some Muslim fanatics in some parts of the word waging jehad. Though the initial demonstrations were basically about expression of frustration over the fuel price hike, the silent and organized protests are purely about freedom and democracy. I am keenly reading/watching reports that the participation of general public in the rallies are dramatically increasing. This makes me really excited. My best wishes to the freedom loving people of Burma for their effort to have a free and democratic society.-by Wagle
Monks lead largest Burma protest (BBC News)
Q&A: Protests in Burma (BBC News)
Ko Htike’s blog (a blog by a Burmese in the UK)