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World Burma: The monks manifest against the military junta

14:50  25 september  2021
14:50  25 september  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Des moines bouddhistes pro-démocratie manifestent le 25 septembre 2021 à Mandalay en Birmanie, contre le coup d'État militaire © STR of the pro-democracy Buddhist monks show on September 25, 2021 in Mandalay in Burma, against the military coup

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".

Des moines bouddhistes pro-démocratie manifestent à Mandalay, en Birmanie, contre le coup d'État militaire, le 25 septembre 2021 © Str of the pro-democracy Buddhist monks show in Mandalay, in Burma, against the military coup, on September 25, 2021

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The generals carry out bloody repression against opponents. More than 1,100 civilians were killed and 8,400 imprisoned, according to a local NGO, the Assistance for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP).

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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