Myanmar Protest Question

I was reading the AP’s coverage of the protest, and came across a few interesting quotes:

hours earlier some 30,000 monks and 70,000 supporters had massed in an extraordinary gesture of defiance.

The NLD joined calls for a peaceful resolution to the demonstrations, which have swelled into a nationwide movement that poses the most potent challenge to the junta’s rule in 20 years.

When you think of the million marching against war in London, and half a million in New York, you start to wonder.  What if those were simply anti-government protests?  What if liberals, finally fed up with a corporate government of the elites by the elites and for the elites, took to the streets to demand this government step down?

Voting in this country has become a very sick joke, with questionable elections and possible murder coverups.  The last two Presidential elections were suspicious, and that doesn’t even get into local elections that operate under infinitely less scrutiny.

So why not protest the government?  I bet we could eclipse the anti-war numbers.  We could certainly hit 100,000.  Do you think world media would pick up on it?  Would other governments call us courageous, and offer up sanctions to support us?

The monks in Myanmar/Burma are indeed very courageous.  And well positioned to make a stand:

The clergy’s revered status has made them rallying figures for public anger, which first erupted more than one month ago after a crippling hike in fuel prices.

Analysts believe the junta, which has extended iron rule over Myanmar for more than four decades, has held back so far for fear that any violence against monks in this devoutly Buddhist nation would spark a huge outcry.

Where are our monks?


2 Responses

  1. The faces of true courage.

  2. Amen Fitness!!! If I were to label my religion it would ultimately be Buddhist. Not very Zen I know but it’s an end/start.

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