Anti-government graffiti appears in Sittwe

Nov 20, 2008 (DVB), Activists have sprayed anti-junta messages on several graves in the town cemetery on the Arakan capital Sittwe to show their support for the recently jailed 88 Generation Student leaders.

About 15 former 88 Generation Students and pro-democracy activists participated in the graffiti campaign, writing the message "Down with the military regime", according to one of the activists.

The activist said the movement was led by a monk who took part in last year’s Saffron Revolution.

The action was intended to encourage the people of Burma not to be afraid of the government, which has just passed down lengthy prison terms to the student leaders and democracy activists, the activist said.

The activist said the movement also offered prayers for those killed in the military crackdown on the 1988 national uprising and for those arrested in connection with last year's Saffron Revolution.

Over 20 members of the 88 Generation Students group were sentenced to 65 years' imprisonment on 11 November on five charges.

Reporting by Nam Kham Kaew

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