Association of Monks in Burma Urges Holding Protest Day on Sept 11

September 10, 2007

Author: Joi Htaw

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Independent Mon News Agency,4836,0,0,1,0

Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) -- The association of monks in Burma ­ Sangha Thanmaggi has urged all monks to step outside monasteries and stage peaceful protest walks tomorrow to show their unity and condemn the violence perpetrated by the [pro-junta] Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) and Pyithu Swan Arr Shin on monks in Pakokku. The statement by Sangha Thamaggi said what the pro-junta thugs have done in Pakokku is an insult to the rest of the monks in Burma . They tied the monks to lamp posts and beat them with gun butts. There was also firing in the air.

The monk's association has demanded that the junta stop such violence immediately and release all detained monks. The association has also demanded an apology for the abuse of the monks.

Sangha Thamaggi said it had encouraged the Pakokku monks who were protesting peacefully to express their solidarity with demonstrating against the escalating prices of essential commodities after the junta doubled the prices of fuel.