A statement issued by the People’s Movement Leader Committee has called for nationwide prayer meetings to honour those who were killed in the recent protests.

PMLC was formed on 27 September and is comprised of a number of Burmese groups including the All-Burmese Monks Alliance, the 88 Generation Students and the Ethnic Youth Cooperation Group.

The statement calls on monks, students and civilians of all religions and ethnic groups to gather at their own places of worship from 5 October to 7 October to light candles and observe a period of silent prayer. Buddhists are also asked to raise sangha flags at their houses and monasteries.

“[The prayer meetings will] mark our great sorrow for the monks, students and civilian martyrs who sacrificed their lives, under the inhumane torturing and ruthless murdering of a handful of dictators, during the movement to bring us national independence,” the statement says.

Guidance for prayer is also given, asking people to pray for Burma’s freedom from suppression and the release of those detained.

“We vow to completely wipe the military dictatorship out of our new society’s history to fulfil the wish of those who have died and wanted democracy, equality and independence,” the guidance concludes.