Burmese Monks Pray for Democracy |
By Maung Chan （NCUB-MPU UNPO）
Burmese monks have urged all Buddhist people of Burma praying for democracy during the traditional Burmese New Year “Water Festival” i.e. 12-16 April.
In the statement of the All Burma Monks Alliance, a coalition of activist monks in Burma, the monks condemned the Burmese junta for having mistreated and abused the Buddhism and Buddhist monks during its crackdown on the peaceful protests led by the monks in September 2007 .
The All Burma Monks Alliance called on the Buddhist country Burma to pray for the arrival of democracy in Burma, they believed those generals and commanders who committed sins against Buddhism will face retribution according to Buhda teaching:
Good will be rewarded with good and evil with evil.
Calls for democratic reforms ,improvement of people’s daily life and human rights has intensified in Burma after the junta quashed the peaceful protest.
Most of the monks who had led or organised last year’s peaceful demonstrations were arrested and tortured by the Burmese junta. Those monks who had escaped are in hiding.
Ashin Pyinnya Jota, a 48-year-old monk, is the deputy abbot of Rangoon’s Maggin Monastery. He has been a political prisoner twice since 1990 democracy movements. He played a leading role in last year’s peaceful protest and is one of the founding members of the All Burma Monks Alliance.
After months of evading the Burmese junta, he finally fled to Thailand border in February.
Referring to the dramatic increase in fuel prices that led to widespread hardship, Ashin Pyinnya Jota said,
“The injustices that fueled the monks’ movement and the Buddhist basis for monks’ political activism”.
“People’s suffering can easily move monks. As sons of the Buddha, how can we ignore the disasters that afflict people’s lives? So we took a leading role against evil rulers who have shown no concern for the needs of the people.”
“The evil generals don’t think it is their business to apologize. Instead of expressing remorse, they just repeated their evil acts.”
“The generals say that they are good Buddhists and they are like former Burmese kings working to strengthen Buddhism. But they never stop committing unjust acts and don’t resolve problems in a peaceful way. They are evil rulers”
(NCUB-MPU UNPO 18-04-2008)