» 11/26/2009, 00.00
The Burmese junta continues the persecution of Buddhist monks
The regime threatens the families of the men who participated in the riots of 2007, imposes travel restrictions and bans prayers. Over 270 monks detained in prison for their alleged political activities. Buddhist movement has "excommunicated" the chief General Than Shwe.
Thousands of monks march on Yangon “until the regime falls”
An open challenge to the military dictatorship. The demonstrations in many cities take place under the watchful eye of the police. UN “seriously concerned”.
Burma’s most famous comedian re-arrested
Yesterday evening the authorities arrested Zarganar in his home, without placing formal charges. Arrested last month for having supported the monk’s protests, he had been freed on October 17th following the UN’s declarations against the junta. On his release the actor had immediately visited some local monasteries.
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.
Open challenge: monks march against the armoured tanks and threats of the military junta
For the first time soldiers in uniform appear, after yesterday’s warning not to demonstrate. The international community fears a bloodbath and appeals to the Junta not to use force.
Myanmar, Buddhist monks sue Interior Ministry over 2012 violence
The religious have sued Gen. Ko Ko, for having ordered "illegal police action". To disperse protesters against a Sino-Burmese copper mine, police used smoke bombs and rockets containing phosphorus gas. At least 57 monks were seriously injured. Last December, a farmer killed during another protest.
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