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Myanmar's prisons continue to fill with monks

Myanmar Juntas say arrests continue (updates via AFP and gulf news): A relentless crackdown on Myanmar's pro-democracy activists showed no sign of easing with the junta announcing on Sunday that 78 more people have been detained in spite of global outrage and new sanctions.

These were in addition to 2,093 people who were detained earlier, of which 1,215 were released by Saturday, the paper said. Authorities also took in 533 monks for questioning "to differentiate between real monks and bogus monks." They said 398 monks have been sent back to their monasteries.

Dissident groups and foreign governments say more than 6,000 people have been locked up after last month's protests, the biggest in nearly two decades. The government says 10 people, including a Japanese photographer, were killed in the violence. However, independent sources said the death toll is likely in the hundreds.

"Day and night, we had to sit in crowded rows with our heads bowed down. If we spoke, looked up or fell asleep, we would be hit," said the monk, who asked not to be named. "We weren't allowed to move it all, not even to go to the lavatory – we had to just do it where we were sitting. Once in the morning, and once in the afternoon, the guards would come and give us water, but it would be only one or two bottles for 50 people or more."

Some of the prisoners, he said, had severe wounds sustained during arrest, with cuts and gashes on arms and legs that had gone right through to the bone. Yet despite the filthy, insanitary conditions in which they were being held, no medical treatment was offered whatever. During his time in custody, he claimed, he saw numerous fellow inmates pass out as they sat in the holding area. Three, he believes, died from their injuries.

At one point, a group of abbots from a monastery thought to be sympathetic to the military regime were brought in to ask the monks to swap their filthy robes for civilian clothes. The request, however, was interpreted as a symbolic "defrocking" designed to humiliate them. It prompted an outburst from the prisoners that led some of their soldier guards to show remorse. Some of the monks said to the soldiers, 'You are committing a religious crime by trying to remove our robes from us, how can you do this?'



Monks Myanmar Burma pray Anna from singapore wrote to me sending a prayer (by charlie elkind):

pray for what you cannot see.
Pray clearly for
what you can only faintly grasp.
Pray silently
from the core of your being.
Pray for healing.
Pray for humanity.
Pray lovingly
Pray deeply --
pray so deeply that
the prayer and the praying
become one.


Anna mentions: "... this prayer touched me deeply. What has been happening in Burma is very disturbing to me. Feeling so helpless, i can only pray for the people of Burma and that the world will respond to their plight, not just to the present crisis but also the systematic oppression of the tribal Burmese that has gone on for so many years and of which, has gone unnoticed for so long."


. "Power of Love might not be enough", says monk who feld Rangoon Terror. “Politics is not the concern of the monks but this time we saw the people getting poorer and poorer and their trouble get bigger and bigger. We thought the monks could negotiate between the regime and the people and show loving kindness to both sides.” - Vida, 48, were among the first monks to escape from Rangoon.

MEANWHILE our totally hypocrite, so called 'big powers' and international authorities are still busy with their STUPID sanction gameplay, childish debates in lame security council and fruitless UN drafts of condemnation!

... big question remains, Can this extra-ordinary saffron revolution bring peoples' right and democracy in Myanmar?

:: Further Resources:
. global protets held for myanmar
. escape from Myanmar
. thousands march around the world to protest crackdown
. myanmar dissidents claim 6000 arrests, military says 500
. may freedom and peace find its place in myanmar
. online petition - stand with Burmese protestors

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