23 Sept, 07.
About 5,000 Burmese monks have
been joined by (Buddhist) nuns for the first time on the seventh day of
protests calling for an end to the military government. Cheered on by 10,000
onlookers, up to 150 nuns joined the march through the heart of Rangoon.
The protest is the biggest public show of
opposition since the 1988 uprising. But unlike a day earlier, police barred a
group of monks from entering the road that leads to the home of detained
opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
BBC South Asia correspondent Jonathan Head says the demonstrations
are escalating because the monks are now urging civilians to join in, after
advising them last week not to get involved.
On Friday, the Alliance of All Burmese Buddhist Monks, which is
leading the demonstrations, vowed to continue until they had "wiped the military
dictatorship from the land".
It's getting scarey in
Burma. I hope they are able to bring down the military dictatorship. It's
been going on for years, and the suffering has been immense - especially for
the Christians tribes - Karen. And also for courageous Suu Kyi.