September 29, 2007
people, mostly Myanmar nationals, attended a memorial service
(picture) at the Burmese Buddhist Temple off Balestier Road on
to devotees, the event was meant to remember those who died in
this week's crackdowns on anti-government protests, and to pray
for the safety of the people.
in red, met at the nearby Toa Payoh MRT Station before heading
to the temple.
red pieces of cloth around their arms, while others wore t-shirts
sporting the face of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
It is unclear
who organised the prayer session, but many said they received
text messages urging them to wear red.
devotee: "This is a show of support to those back home, that the
world knows what is happening."
abbot gave a short speech in Burmese that was simultaneously translated
in English. He urged devotees to "not be angry and sad" and asked
them to "pray for peace".
the police said they had rejected an application for a permit
to hold a "Yellow peace walk for the people of Burma" on Oct 5
and 6 in Toa Payoh.
reports, Myanmar's Prime Minister Soe Win continues to remain
under treatment believed to be for leukaemia at
the Singapore General Hospital. Reports quoted a Myanmar embassy
staffer saying that General Soe Win was "well" and "on recovery",
having been warded here for the last three to four months.
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