Burma – The (Good) power of Religion


As may of regular visitors will know, I am a huge supporter of Aung San Suu Kyi and the democracy movement in general in Burma (or Myanmar what ever you want to call it). Over the last few days Buddhists monks and nuns have started protesting against the regieme and have even called for its downfall!

“A group calling itself the All Burma Monks Alliance urged ordinary people for the first time “to struggle peacefully against the evil military dictatorship” until its downfall.”*

Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed out of her house to the delight of protesters.

But things are starting to get difficult with the regime starting to increase security around Aung San Suu Kyi House and security around the protests.

The regime cannot use violence against the monks due to the huge public outcry that it will cause not only in Burma, but in other Buddhist countries and China, one of its main supporters. Times are getting very interesting in Burma.

* Source Guardian 24/9/07 “Burmese monks’ protests grow”