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Rebellion against the Junta

The courageous step taken by the peace-loving monks is being seen by other nations as a sign of extreme crisis in Myanmar. It symbolises the weakening grip of the Junta boss Thang Shwe. Pro-democracy protests began last month as the government abruptly hiked fuel prices, pushing up transport fares that triggered a sharp rise in the price of consumer goods. Such public defiance has not been seen for nearly 20 years. Myanmar’s military masters thought the protestors’ momentum would eventually die down. However to their own dismay, the protests appear to be growing shriller by the day across the country and the big question is now whether they will eventually fizzle out, or if this really marks the beginning of the end for khaki rule in Myanmar. Hindustan Times brings you an indepth analysisof the crisis in Myanmar...

world Updated: Oct 24, 2007 18:25 IST
Priya Rajendran

The courageous step taken by the monks is being seen as a sign of extreme crisis in Myanmar. This also shows the weakening grip of Junta boss Thang Shwe over the Burmese as public take to the streets in defiance against the dictatorial regime.



The

pro-democracy protests

began last month as the government abruptly hiked fuel prices, pushing up transport fares that triggered a sharp rise in the price of consumer goods. Such public defiance has not been seen for nearly 20 years as the generals usually adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards the slightest criticism. This suggests that

Myanmar’s military masters

thought the protestors’ momentum would eventually die down.



The protests, however, appear to be growing shriller by the day across the country and the big question is whether they will eventually fizzle out, or if this really marks the beginning of the end for

khaki

rule in Myanmar.

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