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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Prayer campaign to protest military rule in Burma

Yangon, 30 October, ( Students inside Burma, officially called Myanmar, launched a ‘Prayer Campaign’ inside Burma on yesterday. The week-long prayer campaign is launched by students to protest against the ruling junta.

According to National League for Democracy, already the student leaders inside Burma took initiatives with the blessings and support of the NLD led by its imprisoned leader indomitable Aung San Suu Kyi and already conducted a signature campaign for the release of the political prisoners languishing in the notorious Burmese prisons.

In the signature campaign the students group sought the release of six of their members who were arrested a month ago, the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest since May 2003 and nearly a total of 1400 political prisoners in the Burmese prisons.

The campaign reportedly gathered more than half a million signatures nationwide. But the government has claimed that many of the signatures were forged.

Student groups subsequently launched "White Expression Campaign" in which the people were requested to wear white clothes to express demand for peace in the country.

The prayer campaign was the third in the series of protest campaign which is launched by the '88 Generation Students on last Saturday.

An estimated 200 people, dressed in white, gathered at the centuries-old Shwedagon Pagoda in the capital Yangon for 25 minutes Sunday morning in silent prayer against the military, which has ruled the country since 1962.

The students group in its nationwide prayer campaign has focused their attention on three goals, which includes - solving the crisis that the nation formerly known as Burma is facing with peace, love and compassion; the safety and peace of all citizens who are suffering from recent floods and the relief of the miseries and constriction of all citizens.

Student group has appealed, "If possible and convenient, we kindly request prayer and well- wishers to go to their respective religious places, wearing white and holding candles."

- Asian Tribune -

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