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Post  KALA on Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:36 pm

Small 'Panty' Demonstration Held in Rangoon; Anti-junta Pamphlets, Posters Distributed

About 40 people held a brief "panty" protest in downtown Rangoon on Thursday, holding pictures of junta Snr-Gen Than Shwe covered by panties, according to an 88 Generation Students member.

The demonstration took place on Bo Aung Kyaw Street in the commercial district of the city, a witness said.

“When security forces arrived, the protesters had already gone,” he told The Irrawaddy.

Since late October, international activists have launched a "panties campaign" against the Burmese military government, playing off the superstition of leading generals who are said to fear being touched by women.

Sources in Rangoon said a new activist group called the Generation Wave has been distributing anti-junta pamphlets and posters in different areas of the city.

On Wednesday, anti-junta slogans appeared on walls in several neighborhoods, said a Rangoon resident.

The abbreviations, CNG (Change New Government) and FFF (Freedom From Fear) have been spray painted on walls.

According to one witness, “Protestors also wrote on walls that evil people who kill monks must die.”

Young people also distributed anti-junta pamphlets in Thamine in Mayangone Township in Rangoon.

On Tuesday in Sanchaung Township in Rangoon, copies of state-run-newspapers were burned in protest, according to another source, who said there were also small protests on city trains when people shouted out that people who kill monks must die.

A member of the 88 Generation Students group told The Irrawaddy on Thursday that demonstrations may resume if the junta fails to resolve the current crisis.


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