Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/MYANMAR – Buddhist monastic order to the military: call for an end to violence, it is urgent to start negotiations
Yangon – Sitagu Sayadaw of Shwe Kyin – the second most important Buddhist monastic order in Myanmar – took a stand alongside other elderly Buddhist monks in the country to call on the military junta to end the indiscriminate use of force against the Civil Disobedience Movement. As Irrawaddy explains – one of the few Burmese magazines still active despite the strong censorship that has hit the media since the military coup of February 1 – Sitagu Sayadaw, also known under the name of Ashin Nyanissara, is considered one of Myanmar’s most influential Buddhist monks. He is also known for having represented a key figure in the denunciation of violations committed under previous military regimes since 1988, the year of the student revolt to which many monks adhered and which was bloodily suppressed.