Burma: Tragedy in the Temples

The harsh crackdown on demonstrators in Burma may have sealed the ultimate fate of the military junta that has been in charge for so long. But when it falls from power, who could take over, and what problems would they face in holding the country together?

The World Today Updated 15 October 2020 Published 1 November 2007 3 minute READ

Bertil Lintner

Analyses South East Asian Affairs from Thailand

History is repeating itself in Burba – but in an extremely tragic way. In 1917, the country’s then-colonial masters made a proclamation that they would not have to remove their shoes when visiting Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries.

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