- Title: THAILAND / FILE: Demonstration to remember 2007 Myanmar uprising
- Date: 27th September 2009
- Summary: BANGKOK, THAILAND (SEPTEMBER 26, 2009) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS WALKING TOWARD MYANMAR EMBASSY PROTESTERS CHANTING MONKS WALKING IN THE PROTEST PROTESTERS OUTSIDE MYANMAR EMBASSY VARIOUS OF MONKS PRAYING PROTESTER HOLDING PHOTOS OF GENERAL AUNG SANN AND AUNG SAN SUU KYI DISSIDENT LEADING A COMMEMORATION PROTESTERS PAYING RESPECT TO THE LOST ONES VARIOUS OF MOCK CRACKDOWN/ MAN WEARING MYANMAR SOLDIERS' UNIFORMS HITTING MONKS AND PROTESTERS PROTESTERS BOWING (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) MYANMAR DISSIDENT MYO NAING SAYING: "We need them to release political prisoners and Aung San Suu Kyi and they must accept the result of 1990's election." MORE OF PROTESTERS WALKING WITH BANNER AND PLACARDS OUTSIDE THE EMBASSY
- Embargoed: 12th October 2009 13:00
- Topics: Domestic Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA67DU584JRI4PGJJLE1XRJY7VD
- Story Text: Some 50 Myanmar dissidents and buddhist monks gathered outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok on Saturday (September 26).
They were marking the second anniversary of their attempted uprising against Myanmar's ruling junta, which they called the "Saffron revolution" - honouring those who lost their lives in the bloody crackdown.
The uprising began with protests against the rise of gaz prices - which rose by over 60 per cent in the summer of 2007.
As more and more monks and civilians took to the streets of Yangon over August and September, the military came out in force to quash the demonstrations - with the most significant day being September 26, 2007 when the military cracked down on the protesters in central of Yangon.
Two years later, the protesters in Bangkok gave a mock demonstration of the crackdown.
"We need them to release political prisoners and Aung San Suu Kyi and they must accept the result of 1990's election," said Myanmar dissident Myo Naing.
Opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 14 of the past 20 years in some form of detention.
On August 12, 2009 she was sentenced to another 18 months of house arrest, enough to keep her off the campaign trail for next year's elections.
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