The BBC reported yesterday that the thousands of monks detained in Rangoon during the recent demonstrations will be sent to prisons in the far north of the country.
Sources from a government-sponsored militia said they would soon be moved away from Rangoon. The monks have been disrobed and shackled. There are reports that the monks are refusing to eat. Most shops and temples appear to have reopened in Rangoon there are very few monks about. The atmosphere is tense: local people are well aware that the monks have been locked away and are afraid that they will be next.
Being sent north? I hope the words do not have the same meaning for the Burmese monks as being “deported to the East” had under the Third Reich. I would not put it past the Junta to give it a similar meaning