On June 10th 1963 photographer Malcolm Browne snapped this photo in a street intersection in Saigon. The photo of Buddhist Monk Thich Quang Duc was to become world famous. He had set fire to himself in protest at the treatment of Buddhist monks by the US-backed Catholic Vietnam government.
Yesterday thousands of Buddhist monks marched in Myanmar in protest against the military junta. The protests started a few weeks ago with the rise in the price of oil that affected the already povert stricken population. Yesterday the junta’s military stepped up measures to stop the protesting. At least one Buddhist monk is reported dead and the police resorted to beatings to disperse the crowd.
Once again the Buddhist monks are prepared to suffer in order to bring their plight to the attention of the world and its media.