Buddhist monks have again returned to the streets of Myanmar, the former Burma, for the first time since pro-democracy demonstrations were crushed by the army last month. Around 200 monks are reported to have marched in the central town of Pakkoku, where natiowide protests against the military junta were triggered after soldiers fired warning shots.
Official figures say ten people died in the first protests, although the West says the number of victims is far higher. The UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari is to return to Myanmar this weekend, resuming his push for talks on reform. At the start of this month, Gambari met Myanmar’s ruling generals, and also the leading opposition figure, Aung San Suu Kyi.