Buddhist monks and Burma?s junta

Democratic Voice of Burma, November 23, 2004

Rangoon, Burma -- When Burma?s military junta, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) declared that it is releasing around 4000 prisoners, the Buddhist communities in the country especially the monks were expecting that some of their religious brothers and sisters who were detained unjustly would be among them.

They were especially hoping that the monks from Maha Gandayon Monastery in Rangoon who were arrested for not accepting the donations offered by the ousted ?Prime Minister? General Khin Nyunt, would be freed.

An abbot from a Buddhist monastery in Rangoon who doesn?t want to be named told DVB that the relatives and acolytes of the detained monks have been waiting at the gates of the prisons with the hope of seeing the faces of their respected religious teachers but they have been disappointed everyday.

The monk urged the military authorities to release them before the so-called the international conference on Buddhism starts in Rangoon in December.