I’ve been following the protests in Burma for the past couple of days. There is something amazing about the human spirit in events such as these. This time the people know that it is easier for the media worldwide to see what they see. The site of the monk facing down soldiers shouting “I’m a Monk, beat me” was amazing. The Dictatorship may be caught with nowhere to go. The people who are leading the protest are the one section of society who will anger society if they are attacked.
It reminded me of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, bemused border guards realising they can not stop the popular feeling, or Yeltsin acting as the focal point against the Soviet Coup against Gorbachev. The velvet and Orange revolutions in Eastern Europe. Most of all it reminds me of the lone man who stood in front of a column of tanks at Tianamen Square- a sight of extreme bravery. I hope the people of Burma are more successful than he ultimately was.