Friday, November 02, 2007

Farmers May Lead New Protests in Myanmar--Dissident leader

Source: Agence France-Presse via

Disgruntled farmers may take the lead in fresh protests against Myanmar's ruling military junta following the bloody suppression of a campaign for change spearheaded by monks, a pro-democracy leader predicted here Thursday.

"Maybe the next time it will be the farmers who take the lead in response to the rapid inflation between their plantation season and crop harvesting seasons who see their investment evaporate," said U Maung Maung, general secretary of the National Council of the Union of Burma.

"They are all waiting for the right moment," he told a US Congressional hearing on the crisis in the Southeast Asian state.

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