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of the dozens of pro-democracy Buddhist monks went down on Saturday In the streets of the second city of Burma, Mandalay, to protest against the military coup, on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the "saffron revolution".
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Historically, monks, in a predominantly Buddhist Burma, are considered a superior moral authority, organizing communities and sometimes opposition to military regimes.
But the coup of this year has created a schism in the monastic community, some eminent religious giving their blessings to the generals, while others support the protesters.
Saturday, dozens of monks dressed in their orange or red dresses scrolled to Mandalay, the country's religious capital, with flags and banners.
"The monks who love truth are held on the side of the people," said AFP a manifestation manager.
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The monks have chanted calls for the release of political prisoners, including members of the political party of Aung San Suu Kyi, who had won an overwhelming victory in the November elections.
"We have to take risks (...) to protest, because we can be arrested or slaughtered at any time. We are no longer safe in our monasteries," said AFP a 35-year-old monk.
In 2007, the Buddhist monks had taken the head of immense manifestations throughout the country against the previous regime of the military junta, in what was baptized the "revolution of saffron".
The repression had been extremely brutal against them, with monks killed, missing and imprisoned.
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