Photographer's Note

You fight us
because we fight hatred,
while you feed on hatred and violence
for strength.

You curse us
because we don't give man a label
and turn a gun barrel on him.

You condemn us
because you can't use our blood
in paying off your debts of greed;
because you can't budge us
from man's side,
where we stand to protect all life.

And you murder us
because we bow our heads
before man's love and reason;
because we steadfastly refuse
to identify him
with the wolves.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, September 25

The junta, which repressed the 1988 protests by killing some 3,000 people, finally broke its silence over the mounting protests late on Monday, saying it was ready to "take action". Armed troops have now been deployed in Yangon after tens of thousands of Buddhist monks and civilians again defied the army's warning to stay off the streets.

Wednesday, September 26

Riot police have used batons and tear gas to beat back protesters including monks at the Rangoon pagoda used as a rallying-point for marchersy. They baton-charged a crowd of civilians and monks outside the Shwedagon Pagoda as demonstrators readied for a ninth day of protest marches.

"We have already decided to risk our lives for the people, although there might be some clashes," one senior monk told AFP news agency before the baton charge.

"We will show our kindness first."

Eric (eleparc) just created a theme gathering all photos in support of this freedom's movement of the burmese people and monks: All together with the Burmese people.

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