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Tutu compares Myanmar protest to anti-apartheid movement

Agencies, Oct 9, 2007

Durban, South Africa -- Nobel Prize laureate Desmond Tutu has praised the "courage" of Myanmar citizens who, led by monks, recently held mass demonstrations against the military regime, comparing their actions to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

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"It is so like the rolling mass action that eventually toppled apartheid," Tutu said during a speech at the alliance of civilisations awards ceremony in Cape Town last night.

The retired Archbishop, who is a strong supporter of the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar, said the agitation against the military junta will eventually succeed.

"The courage of the people of Burma is amazing and now they have been joined by their holy men. God bless all those wonderful brave people. Victory is assured. They are on the winning side, the side of freedom, justice and democracy.

"We admire our brave sisters and brothers in Myanmar and want them to know that we support their peaceful protests to end a vicious rule of oppression and injustice," he said.

The former leader of South Africa's Anglican Church also warned Christians against belief of superiority over other religions.

"Heaven is not only for Christians," he said.

"Most of us think god is a Christian, but if you think that god is going to tell the dalai lama 'you're a good person, but sorry you're not a Christian', then (I say) rubbish," he said.

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