The demonstrations inside Burma have escalated into a full-scale nonviolent Gandhian revolution.
Yesterday 200,000 monks, civilians, and students marched through the capital city of Rangoon, calling for human rights and democracy. The day before, they forced through barriers on the street outside Aung San Suu Kyi’s house to go and visit her. She stepped outside for a brief conversation and it was the first time she can been seen in 4 years. Our colleagues inside Burma tell us that she looked fit and healthy. I am attaching a photo here of her — you can see her in the middle with yellow shirt clasping her hands together.
When the monks approached her, she started crying as she was overwhelmed by their courage and bravery.
Yesterday, inspired by the strong support from Hollywood actors and actresses, several of Burma’s most prominent actors joined the protests and offered alms to the marching monks, a highly symbolic and important show of support.
We have been briefing journalists virtually 24 hours a day as they cover the situation. Tonight we are going on CNN and BBC World. There are over 2,500 news articles on Burma right now — the #1 story in the world.
Journalists are calling this the “Saffron Revolution”, noting the color of the monks robes.
Ominous news is that the regime is shaving heads of some of its soldiers so they can pose as monks and these “monks” can incite military soldiers into a crackdown.
Just amazing to see the power of the human spirit.
Jack and Jeremy