Burma regime celebrates independence

07-Jan-2008 Intellasia | UPI | 8:02 AM Print This Post

Riot police turned out in force as Burma’s military regime marked 60 years of independence from Britain. Police presence was heaviest in Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, where huge protests led by Buddhist monks erupted four-month ago and were violently suppressed by the government.

File photo shows Manmar soldiers as they salute to mark Burma's independence from Britain in Naypyidaw in January 2007. Military-run Burma put on a show of defiance on the 60th anniversary of independence from Britain amid global pressure for reform following the junta's bloody crackdown on dissent.
(AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)


Riot police positioned themselves around city hall and Shwedagon and Sule pagodas—where the protests were focused in September, The Independent reported Saturday January 5 .

This picture taken in December 2007 shows Buddhist novices on their morning alms round on a beach in Chaungtha. Military-run Burma put on a show of defiance on the 60th anniversary of independence from Britain amid global pressure for reform following the junta's bloody crackdown on dissent.
(AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)


Friday January 4′s celebration was low-key with a flag-raising by junta officials near Shwedagon pagoda and a patriotic message read from Senior Gen. Than Shwe that called for the country to build a “discipline-flourishing democratic state.”

Women members of the Burma opposition National League for Democracy stand outside the party headquarters during the ceremony to mark the 60th Independence Day held in Yangon, Burma, Friday January 4, January 4, 2008.
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At the same time, members of the opposition party, the National League for Democracy, gathered silently outside the home of their leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent more than 12 years under house arrest in Burma, formerly known as Burma.

 


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