For the third straight day hundreds of Bhuddist monks marched through the streets of Rangoon protesting the increasingly oppressive military junta which has ruled Burma for decades. The monks walked through rain with their bowels held downward to indicate they were not seeking anything for themselves but only for their oppressed nation. They marched from the Shwedagon pagoda to the downtown business district where a monk told a crowd which had gathered that life under the military junta had grown worse.
Aung San Sui Kyi, Burma’s political leader who won a smashing election victory seventeen years ago, remains under house arrest and barred from participating in everyday life because the junta fears her popularity with the people of Burma. Unfortunately, for their nation, only this band of brave monks are able to make any type of protest against the thugs who rule Burma.