Burmese monks stage rare protest

Zoe Daniel

Five monks have locked themselves inside a building at a religious compound
in Burma in a rare protest against the hardline government.

The monks have locked themselves in a building in the city of Mandalay
and have draped banners outside bearing the messages: “We want
freedom”, “free all political prisoners” and “stop civil war now”.

The protest comes a day after the first anniversary of the release of democracy
icon and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.

The release of a second wave of political prisoners from the country’s jails
was also expected Monday but has not occurred.

Demonstrations by monks are rare in Burma, especially since their 2007
Saffron Revolution‘ was brutally put down by the military.

News : ABC  Photo Credit : AFP

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