Stepping out of her home in tears, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been able to greet Buddhist monks demonstrating against Myanmar’s brutal military junta. In an unprecedented move, armed guards allowed the monks to walk past her lakeside home, where she has been under house arrest since winning a landslide election victory in 1990. The monks – who are deeply respected in Myanmar – have become the effective mouthpiece for a protest movement that broke out a month ago after a huge hike in fuel prices.
Earlier, thousands of monks took to the streets in Myanmar’s main city, Yangon, and its second city, Mandalay, in their sixth straight day of marches. The mounting turmoil has raised concern in the international community and there have been calls for the question to be raised at the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.