Monday, December 10, 2007

Burma's 'Golden Revolution,' the legacy of freedom

By May Ng
May Ng is a regional Director( NY Chapter) of Justice for Human Rights in Burma(J.H.B).

The Burmese monks who walked in front of the military's guns in September were thinking only of how to save their country and their people from the cruel military dictatorship. Their profound selflessness has brought a fleeting moment of hope for Burma. But two months later the same monks have gone missing, and people from all over the world are grappling with the meaning of sacrifices made by the Burmese monks.

The Myanmar military is adept at using four cuts strategy to deprive their perceived enemies of food, fund, intelligence and recruits, by cutting out their civilian support. To this end, unseen by outsiders the army efficiently carries out forced displacement of ethnic minorities, forced labour, recruitment of child soldiers, rape as a state policy, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and custodial killings, and torture in ethnic minority areas. The army junta is now employing the same strategy to eliminate the monks and destroy the monasteries that dare defy government orders. The army is also suspected of controlling and replacing the real monks with substitute ones.

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