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News Release, DDC

Thursday, September 20 2007, 11:26 AM EDT
The latest news is that at 2:00 p.m.,over 500 monks are walking started from the Bahan 3rd street (near Royal Lake & Shwedagon Pagoda) to downtown Rangoon. When the protesting monks arrived at the Sule Pagoda, another 500 monks joined the demonstration and the security-personnel didn't dare to approach. But, they took photos from distance. Thousands of people including students are following the monks-procession joining hand-in-hand to protect the monks under a heavy rain. Monks have been declaring that they will not retreat protesting until the junta accedes their demands. (Source: DDC)

Democracy Development Committee, Rangoon (DDC)
News Release on 20 September 2007, Thursday
BREAKING NEWS: 20 September 2007, Thursday

Monks Start Excommunication Protest Stepping Up

Rangoon City Hall has been fenced with barbed wire all around and under tightly security-guards. It seems raising security measure to avoid the seizure of the building by the monks or any would-be protesters. More than 1000 monks occupied the Arakan Peace and Development Council office in Sittwe on 19 Spetember and demanded an official apology of using tear gas against protestors and release of detainees. The junta showed displeasure to apologize for its violent crack-down. According to a source, the military authorities have little patience with peaceful protests staged by monks.

Now, the Light Infantry Brigade No.77 has been ordered to take charge of the security of the whole Rangoon. The Commander of the LID 77 is now opening his command-post in a religious community-hall at the foot of the Shwedagon Pagoda not far away from war-office. The Rangoon Military Command has been also checking up on the possible routes entering the capital in order to block if situation serious. It has been learnt that the military is trying to check groups of monks moving to merge each other.

This morning, a train carriage carrying many monks from Bago (Pegu) was disconnected and left at the Toe-gyaung-gale station in the outskirt of Rangoon. So, hundreds of monks went on foot heading toward the Shwedagon this morning. They seemed to join the protesting monks in Bahan township. Now, the military authorities are preparing to station a major check-point at the Bridge on the Nga-Moe-yeak river that linked the Dagon (South & North) townships to the former capital.

The latest news is that at 2:00 p.m.,over 500 monks are walking started from the Bahan 3rd street (near Royal Lake & Shwedagon Pagoda) to downtown Rangoon. When the protesting monks arrived at the Sule Pagoda, another 500 monks joined the demonstration and the security-personnel didn't dare to approach. But, they took photos from distance. Thousands of people including students are following the monks-procession joining hand-in-hand to protect the monks under a heavy rain. Monks have been declaring that they will not retreat protesting until the junta accedes their demands.

Also in Monywa in Sagaing Division, around 1000 monks has launched the protest at 1 p.m. today.
A source said that the junta may allow monks' demonstration for last time for today. Military may be planning to crack down the defiance in the following days.

DDC-Rangoon.

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