Magazine article New Internationalist

Marching for the Monks

Magazine article New Internationalist

Marching for the Monks

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An international day of action on 6 October saw tens of thousands across the world marching in solidarity with the monks and pro-democracy campaigners in Burma. Protesters in Burma had effectively been silenced by the brutal reprisals of the military regime, and had asked for support from outside the country.

Myo Thein, a Burmese refugee who fled in 2003, spoke for many when he said: 'Our friends and families in Burma cannot take to the streets so today we will do it for them. We may be far away but that does not mean we are powerless - we must speak up for those who cannot speak WfL for themselves and keep the world's attention focused on their plight'.

Demonstrations took place in at least 25 locations, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Mongolia, New Zealand/Aotearoa, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, UK and US.

Some of the actions targeted the foreign corporations that invest in Burma, helping to prop up the military junta. …

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