Monday, 24 September 2007

PROTEST for Democracy in Myanmar

Photo 1.Thousands of Buddhist monks have taken to the streets of Burma for a seventh day of protest in the biggest show of opposition to the military regime since the 1988 uprising.

Photo 2.The protesters have vowed to march until the generals step down. Demonstrations have focused on Rangoon but have also broken out in Mandalay and townships across Burma.

Photo 3. About 200 nuns joined the protest on sunday.
Photo 4. On Saturday, the monks managed to reach the home of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest since 2003. She emerged to pray with them.
Photo 5. The demonstrators have used loud-hailers chant pro-democracy slogans such as "Release Suu Kyi". They have also urged people to join in.

Photo 6. And a trickle of supporters has been accompanying the protesters.
Photo 7. Security officials have until now proved reluctant to act against the publicly-revered monks' demonstrations for fear of inflaming the public, say analysts.

Photo 8. But as the protests spread, some supporters feared a police intervention and linked arms to form a human chain in order to protect the saffron-robed devotees.