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Over 50 Burmese Monks in Sri Lanka, at 7:00am today (4 January 2008), praying metta prayer and marching towards City Hall, Galle City toward City Hall Galle for the opening ceremony of Long Peace Walk. The ceremony which was stsrting at 8:00 am in front of the City Hall, Buddha square. The ceremony was attended by the Principle Abbot of Galle Buddhist Council Ven. Chandakumara,Ven. Pannaratana and monks, Gelle region police chief Mr. Keerthie. D- Silva (S. S. P) and others responsible personals and over 200 Citizens from Gelle city.
The ceremony was opening by reciting "Namaw Satha" prayer 3 times by the attendees. The public and monks recite the peace prayer for the Peace in Burma and for the World Peace. Also offering flowers and candles.
After that, Chief Monks take turns give speeched for the Peace in Burma and peace in the world. On behalf of the Burmese Monks in Sri Lanka, Ashin Thura Wuntha explaining about the reason of the Long Peace Walk.
Ashin Thura Wuntha explain that 4 January is the 60th Anniversary of Burmese Independence from British Colony but Burma is still under Military Junta Dictatorship for 45 years. Current Military Dictator practise only interest to hold their power and for the sake of to prolong their their power as long as possible, the military Junta is killing, arresting, torturing its own people without considering any Human Rights at all.
Especially in September 2007, Military arrested more than 4000 monks and killed almost 40 monks inhumanely, who were (for the sake of the Burmese public) ,reciting Metta prayer and carried out peaceful walking demonstration to show the people desire and demand.
Because of this, The intention of the today Long Peace Walk by the overseas Burmese monks is to make the World aware of the suppression in Burma and participate to help Burmese people in peaceful way.
More Photos of Long Peace Walk at Ashin Mettacara Blog: