It probably won’t affect my life directly, but the things going on in Burma (Myanmar) could be huge, and they deserve our attention. (Check out CNN or your news outlet of choice.)
Led by Buddhist monks, 100,000 people are marching the streets of Rangoon (Yangon) today, protesting the military dictatorship that has ruled this country tightly for decades. Especially the crowd’s visit to pro-democracy leader (and Nobel Peace Prize winner) Aung San Suu Kyi’s house-arrest home is unprecedented.
The monks enjoy very high levels of support, and if these demonstrations turn out anything but peaceful, it will not be their fault. So far, there has been no intervention from the military – let us hope it will not come to that.
This is a crucial moment for Burma. The world should be watching.