Wed 31 Oct 2007
Filed under: Inside Burma,News
Buddhist monks Wednesday staged a protest in Myanmar calling for the release of political prisoners including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, reports said.
A monk interviewed by the Oslo-based opposition radio station Democratic Voice of Burma was quoted as saying that the monks also called for “lower commodity prices, national reconciliation and the immediate release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners.”
Suu Kyi was awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize but was uanble to attend the award ceremony since she was held in house arrest. Her sons accepted the award on her behalf.
Some 200 monks reportedly took part in the protest held in the small town Pokokku, the report said.
In September, the military regime cracked down on peaceful monk- led demonstrations in the former capital Yangon and other cities.
“We are not afraid of getting arrested or being tortured,” the unnamed monk said, adding that the monks planned more demonstrations in the future