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Monk group demands apology from junta

Dec 28, 2007 (DVB), The All-Burmese Monks' Alliance has said it will continue its boycott of the Burmese regime unless the government apologises for its brutal crackdowns on monks.

In a statement released on 26 December, three months after the regime's violent suppression of demonstrations in Rangoon, the ABMA said that it was still seeking an apology from the government over its crackdown on protesting monks in Pakokku on 5 September.

A spokesperson for the group said that the group's members would not stop their boycott until they received an apology for the Pakokku incident as well as the September crackdown on protesting monks and civilians.

"The Burmese monks under the lead of the ABMA are continuing their boycott against the government and we are not going to withdraw this boycoitt unless the SPDC makes an official apology that satisfies the monks' demands," the spokesperson said.

"We urge people not to forget the events of September, and call upon all citizens of Burma to join the movement to bring democracy to this military-ruled country."

The ABMA statement also urged the government to release political prisoners, work towards national reconciliation, to protect Buddhism from harassment and comply with United Nations recommendations.

Reporting by Maung Too

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