October 02, 2007

Human Rights Abuses Against The Monks

Today, I saw disturbing footage of a monk's corpse, bloated and decomposing face down in water. Further reports of human rights abuses are filtering through to the outside world. The following report is extremely disturbing:
'A troop of lone-tein (riot police comprised of paid thugs) protected by the military trucks, raided the monastery with 200 studying monks. They systematically ordered all the monks to line up and banged and crushed each one's head against the brick wall of the monastery. One by one, the peaceful, non resisting monks, fell to the ground, screaming in pain. Then, they tore off the red robes and threw them all in the military trucks (like rice bags) and took the bodies away.

The head monk of the monastery, was tied up in the middle of the monastery, tortured , bludgeoned, and later died the same day, today. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the monastery, warded off by troops with bayoneted rifles, unable to help their helpless monks being slaughtered inside the monastery. Their every try to forge ahead was met with the bayonets.

When all is done, only 10 out of 200 remained alive, hiding in the monastery. Blood stained everywhere on the walls and floors of the monastery.'
Please remember to march in solidarity with our monk brothers this Saturday. All major cities around the world will be holding demonstrations.

For further information regarding Burma, visit THE BURMA CAMPAIGN site, and don't forget to sign the petitions listed below. To learn more about the background of the current crisis, watch this VIDEO.

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