» 11/30/2007, 00.00
Junta shuts down monastery close to pro-democracy movement
Authorities clear the Maggin monastery, near Yangon, of its few remaining monks, who are moved to a nearby pagoda. Its abbot and several resident monks are still in jail for backing protests in late September. A well-known activist slams the generals for their hypocrisy.
Repression continues, new forms of protests appear in Yangon
Despite international warnings, troops continue to raid monasteries and private homes at night. Some try fleeing into the jungle. In the capital many residents switch off TV and lights in protest when official evening news bulletin is broadcast carrying the junta’s “truth.” Officer who defected says thousands off dead in the whole country.
Exiled monks urge new anti-regime protests
Ahead of the May referendum, the All Burma Monks Association says that abstaining or voting no are not enough to boycott the junta. In an appeal to AsiaNews some Burmese say “We should not fear the truth.”
Three monks killed by Burmese army
It is the Buddhist community’s ultimate act of excommunication against the junta and the army. Fear grips in the population but divisions in the army might lead to desertions.
Mandalay, student activist sentenced to 104 years in prison
The accusation is of promoting "political activities" and meeting with a dissident group in exile. The junta is releasing six activists arrested in December during a demonstration. Htet Htet Oo Wai, the woman who had asked for permission to pay homage to Aung San Suu Kyi, remains in prison.
Burmese junta frees more than 6,000 prisoners but only 23 jailed on political charges
Eight monks and a labour activist are among those released. The latter had been arrested for gathering information about forced labour in the country. “As I am now free, I will continue to work,” he said.
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