Monk pressure ends student hunger strike

Detained student activists ended more than three weeks of hunger striking yesterday, following calls from influential political leaders and organisations.

The group led by Aung Hmine San and Myo Myat San had primarily been protesting for the release of all political prisoners.

Aung San Suu Kyi and the Saffron Monks Network were among those urging the hunger strikers to stop.

“We were concerned abut the young students staging hunger strikes in prison demanding the release of political prisoners and putting themselves in a life-threatening situation amid declining health,” said Saffron Monks Network member Sanda Thiri.

“We see their capability to contribute to the development of democracy in Burma in the future, so we wouldn’t want to see an unnecessary waste of life,” he added.

Aung Hmine San and Myo Myat San were sent to Yangon General Hospital last week after they began suffering health complications.

Aung Hmine San has suspended the hunger strike though has not officially ended it.

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“With serious consideration and respect to the Buddhist monks who led the Saffron Revolution in 2007 and to my colleagues and the organisations that I admire, I have decided to temporarily suspend my hunger strike starting from now,” Aung Hmine San told DVB.

“I will start eating again, but if necessary I will resume the hunger strike in the future,” he explained.

Around eight activists detained in prisons across Burma are thought to have taken part in the hunger strike.

 

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