The Monk, the Clerk and the General

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The Monk, the Clerk and the General

This short piece is a meditation on the last series of protests in Burma. It deals with the attempted uprisings from the point of view of three symbolic protagonists, a humble clerk who works for the regime, a senior Buddhist monk who has found himself embroiled in the politics of the military government and the dying general who is still able to justify his barbaric actions.This short piece is a meditation on the last series of protests in Burma, back in 2007. It deals with the attempted uprisings from the point of view of three symbolic protagonists, a humble clerk who works for the regime, a senior Buddhist monk who has found himself embroiled in the politics of the barbaric military government and the dying general who is still able to justify his barbaric actions yet worries about whether he has accumulated enough merit for his next life.Some useful background information from the BBC.A popular uprising was forcibly crushed in 1988 and mass demonstrations were not seen again until 2007, when a small string of protests about living standards gained momentum among a public normally too cowed to voice any dissent.Burma has been under military rule since 1962; the regime stifles almost all dissent. The first elections for 20 years were held in November 2010.Thein Sein was sworn into office in March 2011, officially launching a nominally civilian government to replace almost 50 years of military rule.Former general Thein Sein was sworn into office in March 2011, officially launching a nominally civilian government to replace almost 50 years of military rule. He succeeded Senior General Than Shwe, who had been paramount leader since 1992, as the new head of state.The primary source for part of this description is BBC News.
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