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Buddhist monks march in Burma

AP, Oct 31, 2007

Yangon, Myanmar -- More than 100 Buddhist monks marched in northern Burma today - the first such march since last month's deadly government crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations, two monks said.

The monks, in the town of Pakokku, did not shout slogans or make political statements as they marched for about an hour today.

The town was the scene of some of the monk-led pro-democracy protests that were stamped out after troops opened fire on demonstrators during the September 26-27 crackdown.

The monks started their march at Shwegu Pagoda in Pakokku, a centre for Buddhist learning with more than 80 monasteries about 630 kilometres northwest of the country's commercial centre of Rangoon.

They marched for nearly one hour chatting Buddhist prayers without incident, and then returned to the respective monasteries, two monks said in telephone interviews.

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