Background on the Burma Protests

The protests in Burma, led by the country’s monks, have grown to such a point that the ruling junta has threatened a crackdown, the New York Times reports: Speaking on state television, the junta’s minister of religiousaffairs told senior Buddhist clerics to rein in the tens of thousandsof monks who have marched through several cities in recent days. If not, said the minister, Brig. Gen. Thura Myint Maung, unspecifiedaction would be taken against the monks “according to the law.” Let’s hope the regime does not decide to use as a model its response the last time an upwelling of anti-regime […]

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