Many monks who escaped arrest in the Burmese junta’s brutal crackdown on mass demonstrations in Rangoon and Mandalay are returning to their home villages in ethnic areas and joining armed resistance groups.
A Shan monk who escaped across the mountainous border into northern Thailand told a Thai television reporter he intended leaving the monastic order and enlisting in the Shan State Army-South, which is fighting the Burmese army in eastern Burma.
I have seen how the Burmese army guns down peaceful monks," said the Mon refugee."We have to hit back."
The UN's attempt to resolve the political crisis in Burma and end the brutal treatment of protesters has not succeeded, the secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, admitted last night.