Wednesday, October 31, 2007

UN envoy Gambari to arrive -Monks Protest central Myanmar

Burma Buddhist monks today once again took to the streets in a peaceful protest march, from the Sasana Wihmula Monastery, in Pakokku town in central Burma.

Today morning more than 70 Buddhist monks in Pakokku town in central Burma today once again took to the streets in a peaceful protest march, from the Sasana Wihmula Monastery, popularly known as the west monastery, began marching the streets at about 8:30 a.m. (local time) and headed east, chanting and reciting the Metta Sutta .

"The monks are mainly from the Bodhi Madaing and Mya Monasteries. They headed to Shwegu Pagoda and chanted the Metta Sutta at the pagoda," said a monk.

Gambari is currently in Singapore, having completed a tour of regional capitals and promoting the Secretary General's approach to Burma, which is centered on engaging all relevant parties in an ongoing dialogue.

United Nations Special Adviser to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is set to arrive in Burma on Saturday, November 3rd, the Secretary General's Envoy will be in Burma until the 8th of the month, visiting the senior leadership of the military junta in Naypyidaw on Sunday.

The renowned comedian, actor and director Ko Zargana (Tweezers) who was released from detention on the 17th this month.suffering from emphysema..

Saw Thura Soe (35) a photojournalist working for Germany based European Pressphoto Agency (EPA), was covering the peoples' protests in Rangoon, before he disappeared on September 29, said a fellow Karen journalist based in Thailand.

"He [Saw Thura Soe] has been missing and is not among those who fled. He was residing in Rangoon. It is mysterious as to how he disappeared," Khaing Mar Kyaw Zaw, a fellow journalist said.

"We don't know whether he is dead or not and it is also unconfirmed whether he is being detained in interrogation camps," added Khaing Mar Kyaw Zaw.

The junta's brutal crack down on protesters in Rangoon and other cities of Myanmar on 26 September,reports of several activists, monks and ordinary peoples missing and disappeared is keeping the peoples of Myanmar on tenterhooks about their fate.

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Submitted by Nksagar on Wed, 2007-10-31 16:49.

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