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Burmese Monk Given Seven Years Hard Labor

From those champions of freedom at Reuters:


Myanmar Protest Monk Jailed For Seven Years

Eik Darea, 26, was the first monk known to have been sentenced for his part in protests led by monks.

A Buddhist monk has been jailed for seven and a half years for taking part in mass protests against Myanmar’s military junta which the army put down ruthlessly, a monastic source said on Wednesday.

Eik Darea, 26, was the first monk known to have been sentenced for his part in protests led by monks in several cities around the former Burma, the source said. He was also defrocked and could end up in a labour camp…

“He was charged with inciting public unrest and illegal association. I’m so sorry he might be sent to a labour camp.”

Other sources said there were other monks in Rakhine jails who were also expected to face trial.

“Manhunts are still going on in Rakhine State. Some are still on the run. Some are missing,” one said.

Official media said nearly 3,000 people had been arrested since the army ended the protests earlier this month and all but 468 were released.

Critics of the junta, the latest in 45 years of military rule, say the real figure is likely to be much higher.

Not to worry.

Surely the United Nations will write a stiff letter and all of this will be quickly sorted out.

And don’t forget the ACLU.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 17th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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