Burma’s military junta continued its life of denial by claiming no monks had been killed during the massive protests which swept their nation over the past month. Religious Affairs Minister, Gen. Thura Myint Maung, claimed “most of the monks from the National Front of Monks are ex-convicts and bogus monks who led the protest in violation of cleric rules.” Of course, ordinarily, in most countries, a minister of religious affairs tends to be someone who has a connection to religion, not a general in the army. On a more helpful note, it is reported that opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for 12 of the last 18 years, was taken to meet with a member of the military. The Senior General, Than Shwe, has demanded that prior to meeting with him, she must renounce outside interference in the affairs of Burma, but Suu Kyi has refused the request. Sources claim she might have a chance to meet with Gen. Aung Kyi(no relation) who reportedly is among the more reasonable of the military junta.
The thugs who run Burma claim no monks have been killed during the protest. In yesterday’s Der Spiegel, a picture was printed of a monk lying face down in water. The paper also presented first hand accounts of monks being beaten and killed by members of the military. The generals are a group of ignorant incompetents who rule by force and have driven their potentially wealthy nation to the brink of ruin while siphoning off money from drug trades and business operations for themselves. They just built a new capital city miles away from Yangoon which will be their private reserve.