September 26, 2007 / 2:34 AM / 12 years ago

Myanmar junta accuses protesters of being "rude"

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Amid the biggest anti-government protests in military-ruled Myanmar in nearly two decades, official media took time out on Wednesday to accuse demonstrators of hurling “rude and rough words” at monks.

In a front page article, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper — the generals’ main mouthpiece — accused members of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) of taunting monks who opted not to join in the mass protests.

“It is not bed time,” the protesters were quoted as shouting when abbots at one Yangon monastery shut their gates to indicate they were staying put.

“Do you wish to be called nuns?” the protesters continued, threatening to throw packs of skirts over the monastery walls.

“You are hiding because you are afraid. Want to wear bra?”

The newspaper made no mention of reaction from inside the monastery.

The former Burma has been under military rule since 1962 and is one of the world’s most repressive states. Tens of thousands of monks and civilians have staged several days of peaceful marches demanding democracy.

The junta sent in troops to crush a similar student-led uprising in 1988 with the loss of an estimated 3,000 lives.

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